Fire Prevention Officer Training Program

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The Department of Fire Services is pleased to introduce a multi-level training program for fire prevention officers. The training will prepare them to receive credentials for each level of the training from the State Fire Marshal - Basic, Level I and Level II. The first level - Fire Prevention Officer - Basic has an e-learning component and is the first part of the training to be launched. This program is the introductory level of our new Fire Prevention Officer Credentialing program and is designed to address the need of everyday fire prevention activities across the Commonwealth by providing information on basic inspections, smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms, liquid propane (LP) installations and oil burner installations. The Credentialing Program will be issued by the State Fire Marshal to any Massachusetts fire service individual. Individuals must be a member of a Massachusetts fire department or Department of Fire Services staff. The credential will be issued upon receipt of a completed application by any firefighter and verification of the successful completion of the training program and examination.

Fire Prevention Training

  • Quarterly Fire Prevention Training – Focus on Fireworks  pdf format of Quarterly Fire Prevention Training – Focus on Fireworks
    The Quarterly Fire Prevention Training seminars are taught by code compliance and enforcement officers from the Division of Fire Safety. This quarter’s training will focus on enforcement of 527 CMR 2 pdf format of 527002.pdf , the permitting and inspection of public fireworks displays and how to handle possession or use of illegal fireworks. 527 CMR 8 pdf format of 527008.pdf which regulates the transportation of flammable and combustible liquids will also be covered. Register through the standard MFA process.
  • 527 CMR 33 Hazardous Material Process or Processing Round Two Training ppt format of 527 CMR 33 Hazardous Material Process or Processing ... file size 1MB  
    The Division of Fire Safety in conjunction with other divisions that are interested, come together to discuss topics related to Fire Prevention such as Fire Prevention Codes, Enforcement, and other topics as needed on a quarterly basis. Topics include the following: CMR 1, 14, & 33. CMR 33: This training will be geared to providing a phase 2 approach on the regulation. This training will focus on a brief review of the introductory training, and causes of typical fires in these facilities. This class will focus on the requirements of category 5 and category 4 facilities, as we approach their deadlines for permit submission. Included will be suggested ideas and questions to determine compliance with the steps required. CMR 1 and CMR 14: This training will be an overview of 527 CMR 1.00 and 527 CMR 14, of the State Fire Code, dealing with the permitting and storage of flammable and combustible liquids in conjunction to the implementation of 527 CMR 33.
  • Annual Liquor License Inspections – A Team Approach  September 2012
    Nightclub Inspections - DFS ppt format of Nightclub Inspections - DFS file size 2MB  
    Nightclub Inspections - DPS ppt format of Nightclub Inspections - DPS file size 1MB

    This program is designed to bring awareness to code officials of requirements pertaining to nightclubs type environments. Many of these code requirements apply to other facilities. The training emphasizes a team approach to the annual liquor license inspections by focusing on the various codes and enforcement authorities, which may be applicable for compliance and enforcement.

  • 527 CMR 33 Hazardous Material Process or Processing Training ppt format of 527 CMR 33 Hazardous Material Process or Processing Tra file size 2MB  
    This training is designed for the purpose of educating and informing local fire departments of the new regulation and it's requirements. The new regulation contains requirements of both facilities handling hazardous materials and the local head of the fire department. These requirements include the following: 1. Expand required permits to include additional hazardous materials and related material processing (as defined) that may not have been previously subject to a permit or related government oversight. 2. The permit will be issued by the local head of the fire department, who will also carry out an enhanced oversight role in implementing the regulatory requirements. 3. As a condition to such permitting, the regulation requires disclosure and information regarding the details about the hazardous material process activity taking place at the facility. 4. Once disclosed, certain requirements are established based upon category classification. 5. Maintaining the required permit is conditional upon continued compliance with regulatory requirements, which focus on preventive, protective, and safety control measures in conformance with recognized and generally accepted practices.

  • Achieving Safe Housing - A Team Approach ppt format of Achieving Safe Housing – multi-disciplinary training. file size 167MB  May 2012
    This program addresses the issue of illegal apartments and the development of strategies to achieve safe housing in communities. The training emphasizes a team approach to achieving safe housing by focusing on the various codes and enforcement authorities which may be applicable for compliance and enforcement. The program will define the problems relating to illegal and/or unsafe housing and the steps available, under Massachusetts law, to ensure that such housing is made safe.

  • New On-Line Blasting Detail Training for FDs
    The Department of Fire Services is rolling out a new on-line training for fire personnel who will be working blasting details. The on-line training replaces the Division of Fire Safety presentation and includes a testing component. The e-learning course covers the basic knowledge required to work a blasting detail including the transportation, storage and use of explosive materials. The program also covers the fire code regulation (527 CMR 13) relative to air blast, ground vibration, and fly rock. The goal is to make this training available to fire departments whenever they need to have trained personnel quickly ready to supervise this work. Proper enforcement of the regulation protects public safety and the regulated industry.

  • Fireworks ppt format of Fireworks – Fire Prevention Resources  - training on... file size 25MB  February 2011
    This presentation covers the basics of the Massachusetts Fire Code (527 CMR 2) governing fireworks including recent updates to the regulation, which became effective March 4, 2011 and the new regulation, which go into effect on January 1, 2012.

  • Shelter/Crowd Manager Training ppt format of shelter_crowd_manager_training_january_2011.ppt file size 17MB  January, 2011
    This program covers recent amendments to 527 CMR 10 and 780 CMR concerning temporary emergency shelters in places of worship. The program also covers the upcoming implementation of the requirements in 527 CMR 10 for crowd managers in certain places of assembly.

  • Requirements in 527 CMR 10 for Emergency Plans, Planning and Drills ppt format of Emergency Plans and Drills for Various Occupancies... file size 1MB December 2010
    This program details the requirements of 527 CMR 10.00 for the development of emergency plans for various occupancies. It also describes mandatory drills relative to those plans, for both the fire department and the building occupants; and the fire department's review of those plans.

  • 8th edition of the State Building Code  October/November 2010
    This presentation provides an overview of the 8th edition of the State Building Code and highlights changes from the 7th edition.

  • Fireworks Regulations - Fireworks 527 CMR 2 pdf format of fireworks_regulation_2010_v_1a.pdf file size 3MB  June 2010
    This presentation summarizes the pertinent codes and regulations for fire prevention officers on supervised displays of fireworks in Massachusetts.

  • BFPR Updates To Review New & Revised 527 CMR Sections pdf format of bfpr_updates_4_10.pdf  May 2010
    This program reviews changes and additions made by the Board of Fire Prevention. It provides an opportunity for fire service personnel to get information on the latest code changes.

  • Hazard Classification for NFPA 13 Sprinkler Design pdf format of hazard_classification_6_28_10.pdf  May 2010
    This presentation discusses the first step in properly designing a fire sprinkler system - identifying the hazard that the sprinkler system must be designed to protect.

  • Permits Issued by the Fire Department - Chapter 148 and 527 CMR 1.00 - 50.00 ppt format of permits_and_permitting_v2a.ppt file size 8MB  April 2010 This training reviews all permits required under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148 and 527 CMR along with the proper forms to be used.

  • Smoke & CO Requirements with emphasis on 527 CMR 32 ppt format of smoke_n_co_reqts_w_emphasis_on_527_cmr_32.ppt file size 7MB  March 2010
    This training provides special emphasis on 527 CMR 32 along with Sections 26F and 26F½ of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 148, and 7 th edition of the Massachusetts Residential Building Code, presenting requirements for fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarms in one and two family homes.

  • The Court System & Fire Code Violations pdf format of fire_codes_and_court_v1.pdf file size 1MB February 2010
    A training program that covers the process and procedure used to bring fire code violators before the court system, including 148A ticket appeals. The program also provides information on the District and Housing Courts, the two courts most frequently used by fire prevention officers.

  • Updated Combined Slide Presentations pdf format of 527_10_11_and_26g_updates_v2.pdf Special Enhanced Sprinkler Protection for Buildings With Over 7,500 Sq. Ft. - Update to M.G.L. Chapter 148 § 26G, December 2009
    This program will present an overview of the enhanced sprinkler requirements of Chapter 148 § 26G that is enforced by the fire departments on a statewide basis. The presentation will cover the provisions of this law including the significant amendments effective January 1, 2010

    Commercial Cooking Operations Updates to 527 CMR 11.00, December 2009
    This program will review the revisions to the existing regulation and the new requirements for cleaning/inspection. 527 CMR 11.01 pertains to the design, installation, operation, cleaning, and maintenance of all public and private commercial cooking operations.

    Temporary Overnight Shelter from the Cold pursuant to 780 CMR Updates to 527 CMR 10.00, December 2009
    This program will review the revisions to 527 CMR 10 governing the regulations and requirements for the use of churches/places of worship used as temporary overnight shelters from the cold.

  • Fire Alarm System Plan Review pdf format of fire_alarm_system_plan_review_12_18_09.pdf file size 1MB  December 2009
    This training is an introduction to the basic fire alarm system requirements set forth in the Massachusetts State Base Building Code (780 CMR) - Seventh Edition. The training will focus on what type of fire alarm system is required by 780 CMR, and in what occupancies. In the training, the required information to conduct a proper FAS plan review will be reviewed.

  • Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13D/R) pdf format of residential_sprinklers_11_2009_no_pictures.pdf  November 2009
    This training reviews the history of residential fire sprinkler systems and the differences between the requirements for NFPA 13-commercial systems and residential fire sprinkler systems specified in NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R. The training also reviews when it is appropriate, and when it is not appropriate, to apply the various fire sprinkler standards based on Massachusetts codes and statutes. Common residential fire sprinkler system design errors and installation problems are addressed.

  • Fire Sprinkler Plans Review pdf format of sprinkler_plan_review_10_02_09.pdf file size 3MB October 2009
    This training reviews the basic procedural and technical requirements for NFPA 13 fire sprinkler system installations/modifications, the required information for fire department submittals, and discusses typical and dangerous deficiencies in the plan submittals. The appropriate application of NFPA 13, NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R is also discussed.

  • Fireworks Regulations - Fireworks 527 CMR 2 ppt format of fireworks_regulations.ppt file size 26MB June 2009
    This presentation summarizes the pertinent codes and regulations for fire prevention officers on supervised displays of fireworks in Massachusetts.

  • Overview of 148A/Role of Municipal Hearings Officer ppt format of role_of_municipal_hearings_officer.ppt June 2009
    The following PowerPoint is intended to offer a review of the relevant aspects on how to conduct an administrative hearing specifically as regards Chapter 148A for appeals of fire/building code citations. Although we believe this to be an excellent resource, the material provided is for convenience and reference only. Certification as a municipal hearings officer still requires attending a training course developed by the Attorney General's Office and offered periodically through the Department of Fire Services.

  • BBRS-BFPR Update ppt format of bbrs_bfpr_update_may_2009.ppt file size 4MB May 2009
    Updates of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards and the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, presenting regulation changes and proposed changes that occurred within the last year.

  • Blasting - 527 CMR 13 ppt format of blasting_detail.ppt file size 238MB April 2009 (238 MB - 10+ minutes to start)
    Section 13.00 of the State Fire Code, presenting the regulations governing the permitting, transportation, storage and use of explosives in commercial blasting operations.

  • Large Fires & Lessons Learned ppt format of large_loss_fires_03_02_2009.ppt file size 10MB March 2009
    Large loss fires & lessons learned, presenting OSFM findings of code reviews of large loss residential fires that have recently occurred.

  • Smoke and CO Alarm Inspection Requirements for One and Two Family Dwellings ppt format of smoke_and_co_requirements_presentation_v1a.ppt file size 2MB February 2009
    Sections 26F and 26F½ of the Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 148, and 7 th edition of the Massachusetts Residential Building Code, presenting requirements for fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarms in one and two family homes.

  • MGL 148 and 527 Training ppt format of chapter_148_cmr_1_training.ppt file size 6MB January 2009
    Chapter 148 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and Section 1.00 of the State Fire Code, presenting an overview of the state fire laws and administration/enforcement provisions of the fire code.

  • Special Training PowerPoints:

  • Keep Warm Keep Safe Training for Fire and Building Officials ppt format of kwks_fire_n_bldg_training.ppt Fall 2008
    This training covers the appropriate building and fire code regulations regarding the installation and maintenance of heating appliances and provides public education materials and referral contact information for heating and fuel assistance. 

  • USFA Coffee Break Training for Fire and Building Inspectors
    The U.S. Fire Administration provides brief overviews of topics of interest to fire and building inspectors that can be easily read and absorbed during a "coffee break."

  • Resources:

  • Smoke Alarm Regulations
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations
  • Keep Warm Keep Safe Toolkit
  • School Wall Decorations