On-Call Firefighters & Emergency Medical Technicians

From the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Department of Unemployment Assistance Cities and towns are exempt from charges and paying Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for individuals working for them as on-call firefighters or on-call emergency medical technicians (EMTs), provided they properly and timely complete the required forms. “On-call” means there
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Free In-Person Wildfire Assessment Training from NVFC

When it comes to wildfires, the question isn’t ‘if’ but ‘when.’ Train your department members to help local residents prepare their home before the next wildfire strikes. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is offering free in-person training through the Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP). The WFAP trains
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Take the National Volunteer Fire Council Dietary Survey

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is working with the Harvard School of Public Health to research nutrition and dietary programs of first responders. Please help us by participating in this survey.  You must be at least 18 and a volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter to participate.    The Occupational Medicine program at Harvard School of
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MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Update, January 19, 2015

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, The first round of reimbursements for the Fall 2014 semester totaling almost $54,000 will be sent to recipients today.  These include everybody who sent in their grades and required paperwork by January 7, 2015.  For recipients who sent in their grades after January 7, a fund request will be sent to
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Take the Firehouse Magazine Combination Department Survey by February 2

Please submit your responses by Wednesday, February 2, 2015. If you have questions, please call Michelle Lieffring at 1-800-547-7377 ext. 1612. Click here to take the survey.

Fire Prevention Officer Level 1 Program

The Department of Fire Services currently has Fire Prevention Officer Level I training available with dates are in January and February. Upon successful completion of this 40-hour e-blended program, participants will be credentialed to the level of Fire Prevention Officer – Level 1. This program is based around NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire
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Changes to the Fire Chief Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Application

The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission would like to make you aware of some changes to the Fire Chief Credentialing and Re-Credentialing application processes that will be effective January 1, 2015. The applications for credentialing and re-credentialing have been reworked to make them fill-in forms and to create consistencies between all forms and matrixes. Current program and course
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Check Out the Latest Near Miss Report

Check out the latest Near Miss Report of the Week, or learn from other reports, you can browse or search for reports using the Near Miss library. Another feature at Near Miss is the training with applied lessons learned and leading practices resources. Or share your experience which is an anonymous, non-punitive, and a secure process. Visit the
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