The legislation creating the Department of Fire Services also created the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. The Commission is statutorily charged with the appointment of the State Fire Marshal; promulgation of regulations and policies pertaining to the operation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety); review of the annual budget developed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety); advising the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety) regarding state and national fire codes; and consulting with the Massachusetts Fire Training Council to develop standards for fire investigation and certification. The eight-member Commission is composed of the Secretary of Public Safety and Security (ex-officio) and seven appointed members as follows: four fire chiefs, one captain, one firefighter, and one member of the insurance industry. Contact the Commission at (978) 567-3118.

In 1998 the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission undertook an initiative to create an annual award to recognize and honor the Commonwealth's firefighters for years of service. This award came to fruition and the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Award was announced in February of 1999. Sincere appreciation is expressed to Fire Service Commission members Chief Paul McCaffrey of the Watertown Fire Department and Firefighter David Coleman of the Lynn Fire Department for their tireless efforts in making this award a reality. In addition, the Commission would like to thank the major fire service organizations for without their cooperation, this idea would not have come to fruition.

 

Chief Fire Officer Credential

In an effort to further enhance the professionalism of Fire Chiefs throughout the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission has established a process of credentialing Fire Chiefs. It is not the intent of the Commission to set standards or qualifications for an individual to hold the designation of Massachusetts Fire Chief but to established credentials based on education, training and experience criteria relevant to serving as Fire Chief. The Commission has also established requirements for maintaining the designation of Credentialed Massachusetts Fire Chief.

This credentialing program is solely administered by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. Any current Chief of Department or Chief Officer shall be eligible to apply for credentialing. Additionally, any person holding the rank of Lieutenant or above in that department shall also be eligible to apply for credentialing. Participation in this program is voluntary and all eligible personnel are encouraged to participate.

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER CREDENTIALING PROCESS

The Chief Fire Officer Credential Program is to acknowledge the Chief Officer committed to their professional development and is NOT a requirement to be certified to Fire Officer I, II, III or IV level. It is not the intent to set standards or qualifications for an individual to hold the designation of a Chief Officer but to establish credentials based on education, training and experience criteria relevant to serving as a Fire Officer.

The Continuing Education component is designed to encourage that new achievement is made during each consecutive 3-year period.  This includes remaining current and active with organizations and committees and by keeping your certifications current, if they require continuing education.  The goal is to assist the credentialed Chief Fire Officer in maintaining a higher level of professionalism within the fire service after initial credentialing.  
 

INITIAL CREDENTIAL PROCESS
 

Initial Credentials are issued by the Fire Service Commission to any current Massachusetts Chief of Department or Chief Officer holding the rank of Lieutenant or above upon the successful submission and approval by the Fire Service Commission of a completed Fire Chief Credentialing Application (FCC Application).

An individual wishing to achieve the Fire Chief Credential will be required to accumulate 100 points of approved attendance/activities over the individual’s career to date.
 

RE- CREDENTIAL PROCESS
 

The Chief Fire Officer credential has an expiration of 36 months from the date of issuance.

An individual wishing to maintain the Fire Chief Credential will be required to accumulate 72 points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period that begins on the date of issuance of the Fire Chief Credential.

In the event a previously credentialed individual fails to acquire the minimum points in the consecutive 36-month period, the Chief Fire Officer Credential shall become void.

An individual previously awarded credential by the Fire Service Commission who has allowed it to expire, and wishes to have the credentialing reinstated, will be required to comply with the current minimum standards established for “re-credentialing”.

Minimum standards are defined as: accumulating the required points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period from the date of the submitted application and not prior to the initial credential date.

The Re-Credential Application (FCRC Application) Process is the ONLY eligible process to be re-credentialed.
 

How To Use the Chief Fire Officer Information and Forms

  • The MATRIX is a summary of the maximum required points for the respective criteria area within the applications.
  • The correct APPLICATION must be used for the respective credential level
    • FCC Application for Initial Credential and FCRC for the Re-Credential)
  • The SAMPLE application is a guide as to how to complete the applications
  • The APPROVED TRAININGS LIST includes all evaluated training programs and their respective credit to be included in an application
  • The TRAINING REQUEST FOR CREDIT APPLICATION is to be used if there is a training that does not appear on the Approved Trainings List with credit or you would like to challenge the awarded credit This application MUST be submitted and the training receive an Approval # prior to including the training in a re-credential application.
  • The NFPA STANDARD 1021 link is for use with the training Request for Credit Application


 

NameOrganization
Chairman Chief Alan J. RoyRepresentative of the Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Part Paid, Part Call Fire Department
Vice Chairman Chief John F. NashRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Fully Paid Fire Department
Chief Gregory J. BurnsRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Community from Metro District 13
Firefighter Richard D. MacKinnon, Jr.Representative of Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
John K. GolembeskiRepresentative of the Insurance Industry
Chief Michael A. MorrisseyRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Full Call Fire Department
Captain Michael J. McCulloughRepresentative of Massachusetts Call and Volunteer Firefighters Association
Daniel BennettSecretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security(Ex-Officio)
Designee:
Undersecretary Patrick McMurray
Staff 
JoAnne CarusoFire Service Commission Administrative Support
Alanna MalatosFire Chief Credential and Re-Credential Administrative Support