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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. 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.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #257

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #257

Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class # 257 graduated on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, One State Road, Stow, MA. The 33 graduates, three women and 30 men, represent the 20 fire departments of: Arlington, Auburn, Bourne, Chelsea, Clinton, Cohasset, Falmouth, Hingham, Hyannis, Leominster, Lexington, Milton, Plainville, Randolph, Taunton, Waltham, Westborough, Westminster, Weymouth and Yarmouth. The guest speaker was Everett Fire Lieutenant Gary Ostler, a member of the federal Urban Search and Rescue Team that responded to Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

DFS’ New Learning Management System (LMS)

Online courses are now available through our new Learning Management System (LMS). This streamlines the process of registering for and taking these classes. They can easily be found by looking at the course catalog under learning activity type or searching in the keyword. At this time the student training history module is not yet ready for release but the course completion for anyone taking one of these Online courses is being automatically added to their training history.

Registering Online
Anyone who has taken a course at DFS since 1999 already has an established online profile, and should have received an email notification. Anyone who has trouble activating their online accounts should call the MFA registration staff at (978) 567-3200 to validate their identity and activate their profiles. We do not want students creating duplicate profiles because they will not be able to see their training history if they do.

Career Recruit Firefighter Class #S05

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Members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Class #S05 graduated on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services, 100 Grochmal Road, Springfield, MA. The 21 graduates, all men, represent the ten fire departments of Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Charlton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. The guest speaker was Holyoke Fire Lieutenant Philip Kraus.

Read the full press release on Career Recruit Class #S05 Graduation

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 .

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.