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The Fire Safety Division provides training for fire prevention officers, fire department personnel, building officials, and other interested members of the public. To find current classes and to register, please visit course offerings through the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

Upcoming Training
A series of presentations focused on the newly promulgated smoke alarm regulations effective 12/1/16 will be offered. Dates, times, and locations will be posted on the MFA website as they are established.

  • QFPT – Residential Smoke Alarms  pdf format of QFPT – Residential Smoke Alarms
file size 2MB December 2016
    This presentation will discuss the changes to the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm regulations of 527 CMR 1.00 for pre-1975 homes that are effective December 1, 2016. Newly required smoke alarm features such as a 10 year sealed battery, photoelectric sensing technology, and a hush/silence button will be reviewed. The requirements for post-1975 homes will also be included in the presentation to give fire prevention personnel a complete synopsis of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm regulations in the Commonwealth. Codes to be discussed include 527 CMR 1.00, Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code; 780 CMR Editions 2 through 8, Massachusetts State Building Code; NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; and NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment.
  • Online Blasting Detail Orientation  updated Nov 2016
    The Department of Fire Services offers online training for public safety employees and fire personnel who will be working blasting details. 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 1.00 (formerly 527 CMR 13) and NFPA 495 relative to air blast, ground vibration, and fly rock. It includes a testing component. 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. Register for the Blasting Detail Orientation Online Training.
  • Fireworks pdf format of 2015 Fireworks Regulations
file size 9MB, Permits and Permitting pdf format of 2015 Permits and Permitting
, and Non Criminal Ticketing pdf format of 2015 Non Criminal Ticketing
May 2015
    The Quarterly Fire Prevention Training seminars are taught by code compliance and enforcement officers from the Division of Fire Safety. This quarter’s training focused on enforcement of 527 CMR 1.00, Chapter 65, the permitting and inspection of public fireworks displays, 527 CMR 1.00, Chapter 1, The requirements for permits and the issuance of permits under 527 CMR 1.00, and Chapter 1, Non-Criminal Ticketing, the issuance of non-criminal tickets under the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148A.
  • .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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.