FREE training in Solar/Energy Storage System is being offered in MA by NFPA and the Mass Clean Energy Center in the coming weeks.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is excited to offer its newly updated fire service Energy Storage & Solar Safety Training Classroom Course to the Massachusetts fire service. Recognizing that energy storage and solar systems are rapidly becoming a reality across the United States, NFPA has developed its Energy Storage & Solar Safety Training Program to help the fire service handle the unique challenges presented by these emerging technologies. MassCEC has recently awarded several energy storage projects as part of its Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program that aims to catalyze the Massachusetts market for increased commercialization and deployment of storage technologies. In line with this effort, MassCEC also seeks to support energy storage safety training for first responders in the Commonwealth in order to enable safe implementation and handling of the ACES program and other energy storage projects.

This engaging 4 hour instructor‐led classroom course is taught by NFPA’s highly knowledgeable and experienced instructors, and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to energy storage system & solar concepts including applications, types, & terminology
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Introduction to battery energy storage systems including Lead Acid, Lithium Ion, Sodium Sulfur, &
  • Flow Batteries
  • Failure modes and hazards
  • Pre‐incident planning & Emergency response procedures

Click here for the NFPA Enegry Storage Safety Training Program Handout.

About the Program - In 2016, the National Fire Protection Association developed and launched its safety training program for the fire service when dealing with high powered energy storage system incidents. The program was developed as a combined effort of NFPA, Strategen Consulting, the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), DNV‐GL, the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and several highly knowledgeable fire service subject matter experts who identified and confirmed best practices for handling incidents involving this emerging technology. Concepts are delivered through online & classroom training, educational videos, animations 3D modeling, scenario rooms, mobile apps, and quick reference materials. In 2018, NFPA received funding from the MassCEC to offer our classroom training in four strategic venues across the state, to ensure the MA fire service are prepared with the understanding of energy storage and solar safety concepts. 

February 5, 2019
8am - 12pm

enVision Hotel Boston‐Everett
1834 Revere Beach Parkway, Everett, MA 02149

February 7, 2019
8am - 12pm
Foxborough Fire and Rescue, 8 Chestnut Street
Foxborough, MA 02035

February 11, 2019
8am - 12pm
MA Fire Academy, 1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775


The Dunstable Fire Department received official word in early January that they have been awarded a Firehouse Subs grant for a new fire gear washer and dryer in the amount of $17,390. This grant will protect their firefighters by properly washing and drying gear.
This is the first time their department has been able to purchase a gear washer and dryer. Their current firefighters would have to bring their gear to neighboring departments to utilize their machines. This takes time away from being on duty and being available for calls.
This new equipment will ensure their firefighters are protected from carcinogens and other toxic items that their gear can hold.
The DFD and its members would like to express their sincere appreciation to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and their local Firehouse Subs restaurant in Nashua for their support and funding!
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $40 million to hometown heroes in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $124,000 in Massachusetts.

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Secondly, Title 49 USC 40102 defines fire departments as a governmental function. This allows fire departments to apply for Public Aircraft Operations under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (PAO COA) within the guidelines for public agencies. Read More...

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