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Following the Florida Fire Siege of 1998, the need for additional structural firefighters to be cross-trained for wildland and interface fire suppression became evident and interest was high. The chief fire warden sent a notice to all Massachusetts fire departments, offering wildland fire suppression training to municipal firefighters. The first of these training programs was begun during this winter and will continue in selected locations.
As wildfire and SWI fire problems increase, so does the need increase for firefighters who are specially cross- trained and cross-equipped to effectively and safely meet this fire challenge. The personnel and equipment of the MBFFC are ready to work with the structural municipal firefighters of Massachusetts and elsewhere. The bureau is moving ahead, modernizing its multi-faceted programs, promoting wildfire prevention, and expanding its training programs to enable its firefighters to suppress wildfires with increased safety and efficiency.
For further information, contact Chief Fire Warden Michael W. Tirrell at: Mass. DEM Fire Control, Hampton Ponds State Park, 1048 North Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (telephone 413-538-8892 or 617 727-3180, ext. 665).