The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted to promulgate a revised fire safety code at their meeting on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00) will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation.
New Fire Code Training
New Fire Code Orientation for Non-Enforcement Authorities has been scheduled for December 17, 18, 19 and January 5. These 4-hour sessions are intended to prepare industry and the regulated community who will be working with the new code. Students will learn the layout of NFPA 1 and the Massachusetts amendments and how the two documents work together. The first round of training for fire code enforcement officials has been completed. Additional trainings will be scheduled for early next year.
Massachusetts Amendments to NFPA 1
The new base code: NFPA-1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments file size 1MB to the base code are available for review.
Cross Walk Document – Making the Transition
The purpose of this cross walk document is to provide a cross reference between sections 527 CMR’s 1 to 50 (old code) and the newly revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1, which takes effect on January 1, 2015. This cross walk document is provided as a convenience to the reader and should not be relied upon for research.
DFS Advisories on the New Fire Code
Staff: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, Richard.Fredette@massmail.state.ma.us P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713.