Save the date for the 25th annual MA Fire and Life Safety Public Education Conference on Sept. 24-25, 2019. It will be at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Marlborough, MA. This year's theme is "A Quarter Century of Life Safety Education: Proven Success, Future Challenges." Visit the www.mass.gov/dfs for more details. #MAFLSEConf19

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The Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy presents Rural Water Supply course. The Lee Frei dpeartemnt will be hosting at the Central Station on Saturday, Septmeber 21 and Sunday, Spetember 22. To register log in to MFA LMS for program #115.

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CHEMTREC, the world’s leading source of 24/7 call center support and information during hazardous materials incidents, has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to offer the CHEMTREC HELP (Hazmat Emergency Local Preparedness) Award. Through this program, two volunteer fire departments will be awarded $7,500 to help enhance their response capabilities and increase local readiness to respond to and prepare for hazardous materials incidents. 
 
To be eligible to apply for the CHEMTREC HELP Award, departments must meet the following criteria:
  • Department must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%).
  • Department must serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Department must be located in the United States and be legally organized under state law.
  • Department or individual applying on behalf of the department must be a member of the NVFC. Learn about member benefits and join at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest.
  • Department must demonstrate their need to receive the $7,500 award and in the application essay must explain how they would use the award. 
  • The departments that receive the award must use the money to increase their department’s hazmat response capabilities and not for any other purpose. 
 
The application deadline is October 1, 2019. Award recipients will be announced by December 1. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Bernstein, Director of Outreach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-741-5524.

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