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The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy was brought into existence by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 842 of the Acts and Resolves of 1971. MFA provides fire training to municipal fire service personnel at no cost to the cities and towns. The policy making body for the Academy is the Massachusetts Fire Training Council , a 15 member body appointed by the Governor. The Council is also the sole agency that can certify all levels of fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. Fire service certification is provided to stimulate professional development in the Massachusetts fire service and to allow members a means to demonstrate their ability to meet professional qualification standards through an objective measure of their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The flagship program offered by MFA is the 10-week Career Firefighter Recruit Training program. The Academy offers over 300 topical continuing education courses and fire officer training. A detailed listing of MFA courses is posted on the web and on-line registration is available. Admission is restricted to members of fire departments in the cities, towns and fire districts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and similar public fire departments in other states.

DFS’ New Learning Management System (LMS)

Late July, the Department of Fire Services (DFS) will be transitioning from the current Academy Course Management System to a new Learning Management System (LMS). Students will be able to login at any time from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. The LMS will improve the user experience in nearly every aspect of training from searching for courses to obtaining training records.

Activate User Accounts and Review Profiles
One of the things you should do now is to log on to the new system and review your online profile. Anyone who has taken a course at DFS since 1999 will have one. Students should verify the information contained in their profiles (correct email, mailing address, fire department, telephone number etc.). Any student for whom DFS had a valid email address, should have received an email notification. Until the new LMS launches in a few weeks, this will be the only part of the system the public will be able to view.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #255

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #255 graduated on Friday, July 14, 2017 in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services’ Stow Campus. The 36 graduates, 34 men and two women, represent the 19 fire departments of: Burlington, Cambridge, Falmouth, Framingham, Franklin, Leominster, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Natick, Needham, New Bedford, Newton, Norfolk, Sandwich, Somerville, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Whitman, and Yarmouth. Retired Leominster Fire Chief Alfred LeBlanc was the guest speaker.

Chief Fire Officer

31 Fire Officers Graduate from Management Training Program

The Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program is an intensive 14 session course, presented in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management. This course is designed to provide administrative and executive fire officers with a variety of leadership and management skills essential in municipal management. The information covered and case histories will be pertinent to Massachusetts municipal government. To learn more about the course and how to apply read the CFO Course Flyer and Application pdf format of CFO course flyer

Taking Action Against Cancer

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Cancer is becoming an ever-increasing cause of firefighter deaths. Firefighters have much higher rates of cancer than the residents they serve because of exposure to carcinogens on the fireground and in the firehouse. This course will provide information on immediate actions that all ranks from firefighter to chief can take to reduce the occupational cancer risk and how the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network can help firefighters cope with cancer. The course will address the importance of promoting a new culture of safety and fitness by developing the mindset that firefighters are tactical athletes in order to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and injuries within their departments.

Fire chiefs and training officers can request this Impact course for their department by using the Mass. Firefighting Academy’s Course Request Form .

NFA in Massachusetts- New Spring Classes

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The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy will be hosting several National Fire Academy (NFA) courses at the Department of Fire Services Stow campus in the spring of 2017. Parts II and III of the Campus Fire Safety series will be in March. Leadership III for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success will be in April and Shaping the Future will be offered in May. For course descriptions and registration information, go to the NFA in Massachusetts webpage.

Contact Us

Telephone/Registration Number(978) 567-3200
Fax Number(978) 567-3229
Certification Number(978) 567-3228
Severe Weather Cancellation Number(978) 567-3248

MFA Training Videos on YouTube™

Have you had a chance to look at the training videos that the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) has posted a on the DFS YouTube™ Channel ( The first series has 19 training videos on ladders of all heights and maneuvers.