Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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Public Safety/Law Enforcement: Fire

L16 Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

L17 Division of Fire Safety

L18 Massachusetts Firefighting Academy

L19 Hazardous Material Emergency Response Division

L20 Department of Fire Services Boards and Commissions


L16 Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
Executive Office of Public Safety
State Road, P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
Tel: 978-567-3100
Arson Hotline:1-800-682-9229 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 978-567-3121
www.mass.gov/dfs

The Department of Fire Services, headed by the State Fire Marshal, is the state agency responsible for the coordination of fire service policy and operations. Within the agency are three divisions responsible for all fire service related matters within the Commonwealth: Hazardous Materials Response which oversees the operation of the Hazard Materials Regional Response Teams throughout the state; Massachusetts Firefighting Academy which provides all fire training to the firefighters of the cities, towns, and fire districts; and the Division of Fire Safety which provides public education, fire investigation, response to hazardous devices, law enforcement, code enforcement, and technical assistance to fire departments, the public, and regulated trades and industries. Also, within the agency is an Administrative Services division to manage budgetary, personnel, facilities, and procurement issues for all the Department of Fire Services divisions.

Regional Office:
One Prince Street
P.O. Box 389
Northampton, MA 01060-0389
Tel: 413-587-3181
Fax: 413-587-9819


L17 Division of Fire Safety
Department of Fire Services
Executive Office of Public Safety
State Road, P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
Code Compliance/Enforcement: 978-567-3375
Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit: 978-567-3310
Licensing and Permits: 978-567-3700
24/7 Emergency Access Line: 508-820-2000
Fax: 978-567-3121
www.mass.gov/dfs

Formerly the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Division of Fire Safety is divided into three major functional units: technical support services/codes compliance, fire and explosion investigation, and fire data and public education. Fire data also administers the Suffolk County Arson Prevention Program and the: Fire Incident Reporting System; the Burn Injury Reporting System, and the Property Insurance Loss Register. All units work cooperatively to preserve life and property from fire and explosion through prevention, life safety education, investigation, regulation, law enforcement and technical assistance to fire departments, the public and regulated trades and industry. See K20 for a listing of the licenses, permits and approvals issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.


L18 Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA)
Department of Fire Services
Executive Office of Public Safety
State Road, P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
Tel: 978-567-3200
Fax: 978-567-3229
www.mass.gov/dfs

MFA provides training to fire personnel of the cities, towns, and fire districts of the Commonwealth, and to appropriate pubic and private sector organizations to enhance the public safety of the citizens and to maintain the economic growth and stability of the Commonwealth.


L19 Hazardous Material Emergency Response Division
Department of Fire Services
Executive Office of Public Safety
State Road, P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
Tel: 978-567-3150
Fax: 978-567-3155
www.mass.gov/dfs

The Hazardous Material Emergency Response Division serves as a resource to local fire departments upon request for release or potential release of hazardous chemicals from industry, transportation or terrorist acts. Hazardous Material Response Teams are strategically located to support local fire departments with technical information and specialized equipment to handle hazardous material incidents. In case of a hazardous material emergency, contact your local fire department.


L20 Department of Fire Services Boards and Commissions
Department of Fire Services
Executive Office of Public Safety
State Road, P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775

Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, M.G.L. Chapter 22D, sec.4.
Tel: 978-567-3302

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is the state regulatory board charged with promulgating the Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations (Fire Safety Code). The board is comprised of 14 members who are appointed by the Governor for a six-year term.

Fire Safety Commission (Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board), M.G.L. Chapter 6, sec.200, 201
Tel: 978-567-3181

The Fire Safety Commission is statutorily charged with promulgating all rules and regulations for the implementation of a statewide plan for the installation of automatic sprinklers in all buildings and structures of more than seventy feet in height. The Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board of the Commission conducts hearings in accordance with 530 CMR2.00 for persons seeking relief from any order or requirement of the head of the fire department. The commission is composed of nine members.

Massachusetts Fire Services Commission, M.G.L. Chapter 6 sec.165B
Tel: 978-567-3188

The Fire Services Commission is statutorily charged with the appointment of the State Fire Marshal; promulgation of regulations and policies pertaining to the operation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal; review of the annual budget developed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal; advising the Office of the State Fire Marshal regarding state and national fire codes; and consulting with the Massachusetts Fire Training Council to develop standards for fire investigation and certification. The seven-member commission is composed of the Secretary of Public Safety (ex-officio) and six appointed members as follows: four fire chiefs, one firefighter, and one member of the insurance industry.

Hazardous Material Mitigation Emergency Response Advisory Board, M.G.L. Chapter 21K
Tel: 978-567-3152

The Hazardous Material Mitigation Emergency Response Advisory Board oversees procedure and policy. This board consists of the State Fire Marshal, two representatives of the Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts, a representative of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Massachusetts and the presiding President of the Massachusetts Association of Hazardous Material Technicians.

Massachusetts Fire Training Council, M.G.L. Chapter 6,sec.164 and 165
Tel: 978-567-3126

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. The Fire Training Council is a thirteen-member body appointed by the Governor.


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