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Recognizing the Need for
Comprehensive Training for Fire Prevention Personnel

The Department of Fire Services, in conjunction with the Divisions of Training and Fire Safety, is pleased to introduce a multilevel 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.

The requirements for a fire prevention officer are ever expanding and more complicated than ever before. In today’s world the fire prevention officer needs to be thoroughly familiar with the fundamentals of firefighting, hazardous materials, fire protection systems, fire inspection principles, Mass General Laws (MGL), Massachusetts Fire and Building Codes, and national standards (i.e., National Fire Protection Association and International Code Family).

We have seen the results when fire prevention activities are less than adequate. Since the inception of modern fire codes after the Cocoanut Grove fire in 1942, there have been many instances where fire prevention failures have lead to tragedy. In order to minimize these tragedies, training and resources need to be provided to local fire department fire prevention officials. The Fire Prevention Officer Training Program is a step in accomplishing this needed improvement.

Fire Prevention Officer Credentialing Program Process

The Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) Initial Credential will be issued by the State Fire Marshal to any Massachusetts fire service individual upon the successful completion of the respective training program.

The re-credential program is available for Fire Prevention Officers credentialed to Level 1 and Level 2.

Please Note: The Re-Credential Application Process is the only eligible process to be re-credentialed at your current level. If you choose to retake the Fire Prevention Officer - Level 1 course, the credits awarded for the class can be used in your re-credential application but will not re-credential you with a new expiration date.

The State Fire Marshal issued an advisory of the Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) Re-Credential Process pdf format of Fire Prevention Officer Re-Credential Process
to the Heads of Fire Departments on April 14, 2015.  Please Note: Anyone holding a fire prevention officer certificate (Level I or Level II) showing an expiration date of 2015 or 2016 has an automatic extension to submit for re-credentialing by December 31, 2016.

One copy of the Fire Prevention Officer Re-Credentialing Program Application must be completed and submitted with all required documentation to:



Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
Attn: Alanna Malatos
Department of Fire Services
PO Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775