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How to Apply for a Fire Chief Credential

How to apply for a Fire Chief Credential

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The Massachusetts Fire Chiefs credentialing and recredentialing program is intended to provide the opportunity for all full-time, call and volunteer applicants to demonstrate, through recognition at the highest level, their skills, knowledge and professional achievements that benefit their respective departments and the cities or towns they serve. Such recognition is critical to the ongoing professional development of both the individual in particular and the fire service, in general.

The Fire Service Commission, consistent with its mission, is dedicated to the development, oversight, and implementation of a credible and sustainable credentialing and recredentialing program that provides the opportunity to both recognize and foster the professionalism of the individual and fire service for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

This credentialing program has been developed to promote career long learning, development and engagement in the fire service and is solely administered by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. Any officer holding the rank of Lieutenant or above shall be eligible to apply for credentialing. All qualified applicants are encouraged to participate in this voluntary program.

Any applicant aggrieved by a decision of the Fire Service Commission may petition for review for good cause. Any determination regarding review by the Commission shall be final.

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Fire Service Commission has granted a temporary one (1) year extension to those individuals holding a valid Fire Chief credential as of January 1, 2020.  Please refer to the Memorandum above.

 

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Submit completed applications by email to: DFS.Credentialing@mass.gov

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  1. Apply for Fire Chief Credential

    Download the current application. Only the most current version of the application will be accepted. All previous versions will not be accepted or honored.

    Applicants are required to accumulate 100 points of approved attendance/activities over the individual’s career to date.

    Download the FCC Approved Training List and see if you have taken any of these trainings. Only currently approved trainings can be listed on the application for consideration.

    If you have taken a training that does not appear on the approved list that you think should be considered you may download the Training Request for Credit application.

  2. Fire Chief Recredential

    The Recredential Application  process is the ONLY eligible process to be recredentialed.

    Download the current application for recredential. Only the most current version of the application will be accepted. All previous versions will not be accepted or honored.

    The Fire Chief Credential expires after 36 months. Anyone wishing to maintain their credential must accumulate 72 points of approved attendance and activities in a consecutive 36-month period that begins on the date the latest credential was issued.

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

    Anyone wishing to reinstate an expired credential must comply with the current minimum standards established for “recredentialing”.

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

    Use the current approved training list for the initial credential.

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