Statewide Mass Decontamination Unit

The Department of Fire Services has announced a Statewide MDU training opportunity at their Stow campus. This 8-hour handoff program provides an opportunity for firefighters to successfully operate the Massachusetts Decontamination Units (MDU). It covers the basic principles of decontamination, prevention, chemical hazards, routes of exposure, and chemical protective clothing. Significant time is spent on the operation
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State & Federal Resources for the Chief Officer

On November 17, 2014 the Department of Fire Services will be conducting a program for Massachusetts executive and administrative fire officers entitledState and Federal Resources for the Chief Fire Officer, at our facility in Stow, MA. The purpose of the program is to provide fire officers an opportunity to learn of the assistance available from agencies
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New Webcast on Firefighter Mental Health: Helping Your Own

Register now for this new webcast from Fire Engineering. The focus will be on fire and EMS personnel suicides. Anecdotal evidence indicates that firefighters’ suicides have been increasing. Firefighters are known for their ability to help others, but when it comes to helping themselves or their own, they are at a loss, particularly when it
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High Voltage Electrical Awareness

The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is please to announce a new series of firefighter training programs related to electrical safety.  The training program is built around an electrical prop which was provided to the Department of Fire Services by National Grid.  As the flyer indicates, DFS will be strategically placing programs throughout the Commonwealth. If you
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2014-15 Schedule of Senior Fire Officer Forum Presentations

The Senior Fire Officer Forum (SFOF) series provides Massachusetts chief officers the opportunity to learn directly from national fire service experts without the time and expense of traveling to a national conference. Any Massachusetts fire officer can attend these programs at no cost. The 5-hour forums run from 9 am – 3 pm and include
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Traffic Incident Management Training

The Federal Highway Administration’s National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program is seeking to train 100,000 responders by the end of 2014. The course teaches practices that will safeguard responders’ and motorists’ lives, open lanes quickly, and prevent secondary incidents. To learn about training opportunities, reach out to the Massachusetts TIM Responder Training Program
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Department of Energy Presents: First Responder Safety Training

The scene of a vehicle accident is often chaotic and first responders must work within the constraints of a critical time frame to ensure their safety and the safety of accident vehicle occupants. When an accident involves an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), first responders must achieve balance between speed and caution because many potential hazards
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Does Your Department need New Gear?

The MCVFA will provide six free sets of new personal protective equipment (PPE) to two call/volunteer or small combination fire departments. If your department needs PPE now is the time to apply for it.  MCVFA is working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Charitable Fire Society, Firematic Supply and Globe, Inc. to purchase twelve complete sets of structural firefighting PPE that the MCVFA will distribute to two departments that are in
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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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