Comprehensive Model Fire Code
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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The board recently voted to initiate the promulgation process and eventual adoption of a substantially revised Massachusetts Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with the retention or creation of certain provisions unique to Massachusetts. The adoption of the new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation.

Public Hearing - August 7, 2014

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00 on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow, MA. The purpose of the revised code, 527 CMR 1.00, is to prescribe minimum requirements and controls to safeguard life, property and public welfare from the hazards of fire and explosion created by the storage, handling or use of substances, materials or devices, or from conditions, or materials hazardous to life, property and the public welfare. The proposed base code: NFPA-1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments pdf format of Pub Hear. draft of MA Amends to rvsd Fire Safety Code 2 to the base code are available for review.

Written or oral comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be submitted by mail or e-mail to: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713. To be considered by the Board, comments must be received by 4:00 p.m., August 6, 2014.