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Massachusetts Fire Training Council

Here you'll find information regarding the Massachusetts Fire Training Council.

The Massachusetts Fire Training Council is the sole certifying agency for certification of all levels of fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. The Council has statutory authority to promulgate rules and regulations for the operation of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and has the authority to approve courses and curriculum taught by the Academy. Contact the Fire Training Council at (978) 567-3227 or Christine.Dansereau@mass.gov.  

Massachusetts General Laws c. 6, s. 164, establishes the Council's membership:

Council Member                                                                             Group Represented

Chief W. Tim Nelson (Chair), Amherst Fire Department Fire Chief's Association of MA, Part-Paid, Part-Call Departments
Firefighter William Cabral (Vice Chair), New Bedford Fire Department    Professional Firefighters of MA (Firefighter Representative)
Chief Fire Warden David Celino Department of Conservation & Recreation (Ex Officio)
Secretary Terrence M. Reidy Executive Office of Public Safety & Security (Ex Officio)
Director Jeffrey Winn Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (Ex Officio)
Chief Justin Alexander, Easton Fire & Rescue Department Fire Chief's Association of MA, Full-time Paid Departments
Chief Francis Barresi, Rehoboth Fire Department Fire Chief's Association of MA, Call Departments
Chief Christopher Madden, Milton Fire Department Fire Chief's Association of MA, Metro District 13 Departments
Captain John Bonadio, Waltham Fire Department Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors 
Lieutenant John Lombardo, Weymouth Fire Department Fire Prevention Association of MA
Captain Drew Piemonte, Springfield Fire Department   Professional Firefighters of MA (Officer Representative)
Assistant Chief Kurt Ruchala, Groveland Fire Department MA Call/Volunteer Firefighter's Association
Assistant Chief Jonathan Miller, Monson Fire Department MA Call/Volunteer Firefighter's Association
Mr. Jason Cardoso, MA Property Insurance Underwriting Assn. Citizen of the Commonwealth
Attorney Courtney Mayo, Hassett-Donnelly Citizen of the Commonwealth

MFTC Meeting Notices

Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA, Boards & Commissions Conference Room.


  1. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes from January 10, 2024
  2. Fiscal Affairs Report (Trust Fund Report)
  3. Update by Affiliated Members
  4. Legislative Update
  5. DFS Update
  6. Academy Activities Report (including Recruit Programs Update and Monthly Activity Report)
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business
  9. Policy Presentation/Adoption
  10. Review of Correspondence
  11. Determination of Next Meeting
  12. Public Comment
  13. Adjourn Meeting

Dated:  February 5, 2024   By: Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson, Chairman

This scheduled meeting or agenda may be subject to change; please contact Christine.Dansereau@mass.gov to confirm date and location.

MFTC Minutes of Past Meetings

Contact for Massachusetts Fire Training Council

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