Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR)

The BFPR promulgates the State Fire and Electrical Codes.

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations was established by the Massachusetts Legislature after the 1942 fire at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub. That tragedy killed 492 people and remains the deadliest nightclub fire and the second-deadliest single-building fire in American history.  The 16-member board promulgates the Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). Its membership is defined by MGL c. 22D, s. 4:

Board Members  
Larry S. Fisher, Chair Electrical Contractor with a master electricians license 
Jon M. Davine  State Fire Marshal (Ex-Officio)
Paul Burke (designee Patrick Ellis)  Boston Fire Commissioner (Ex Officio)
Quincy Fire Chief Joseph Jackson Fire chief from a community with a population of more than 50,000
Saugus Chief Michael Newbury Fire chief from a community with a population of 25,000 to 50,000
Dartmouth Fire District 3 Chief Richard Arruda  Fire chief from a community with a population of less than 25,000
Brockton Deputy Chief Edward Williams  Representative, Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts 
John D. Cox  Registered professional chemical engineer 
Alfonso F. Ibarreta Registered professional mechanical engineer 
Keith R. Pogarian Registered professional electrical engineer
John Correia Member of the public
Paul C. Scheiner, Ph.D.  Graduate fire chemist
Paul J. Kennedy, Jr.  Inspector of wires
Kenneth A. Smith Blasting association member
Patricia Sheehan  Building official 
Jonathan M. Eisenberg, P.E. Registered professional fire protection engineer 
Board Staff  
Glenn Rooney Legal Counsel


For further information on board activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Procedures for the adoption, amendment or repeal of regulations;
  • availability of regulations;
  • filing of regulations; and
  • advisory rulings,

Please contact the Executive Director to the Board.



If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming BFPR and Code Committee Meetings, please send an email to MaryAnn Smith at


Board Meeting Information

Notice of Meeting

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A, Section 20, notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Rd. Stow, MA 01775.


BFPR Board Meeting Notices and Minutes

January 4, 2024AgendaMinutes
February 1, 2024AgendaMinutes
March 7, 2024AgendaMinutes
April 4, 2024AgendaMinutes
May 1, 2024AgendaMinutes
June 6, 2024Agenda 
July 4, 2024No Meeting 
August 1, 2024  
September 5, 2024  
October 3, 2024  
November 7, 2024  
December 5, 2024  


Previous BFPR Meeting Minutes 2014-2023


Code Committee Meeting Notices

The link below provides a list of upcoming code committee meetings.

BFPR Code Committee Meetings


Revisions to 527 CMR 1.00: Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (Effective May 12, 2023)

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations recently promulgated revisions to 527 CMR 1.00, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code which is largely based upon the 2021 Edition of NFPA 1. This amendment package supplements the current code, bridging the gap between the current 2021 NFPA 1 base code and the recently published 2021 NFPA 1 edition. The amendment package revises some items for clarity and adopts new chapters from the 2021 edition of NFPA 1. The revisions went into effect on May 12, 2023.

Additional Resources

BFPR Interpretations

The link below provides a list of BFPR Interpretation Requests.

BFPR Interpretations

Please submit Requests for Interpretation with the form below to Mary Ann Smith Fire, Electrical Code Administrator

Request for Interpretation Form

Mailing Address:
Attn: Mary Ann Smith
Department of Fire Services – Fire Safety Division
1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775-1025
Phone: 978-567-3713

Requests for Interpretaion will be submitted to the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) for an official response. 

Contact   for Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR)




Department of Fire Services
1 State Rd., P.O. Box 1025, Stow, MA 01775

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