Today’s firefighter is faced with multiple challenges professionally and personally. The volume of information that is thrown at us daily creates a huge stress on our mental and physical wellbeing. What does organizational leadership do to ensure that our firefighters are healthy physically and mentally?

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section released the “Yellow Ribbon Report – Under the helmet: Performing an internal size-up – A proactive approach to ensuring mental health and wellness,” earlier this year. The report was generated after a meeting in Tampa, Fla. The task group, put together by VCOS Chairman Tim Wall, consisted of 14 people including mental health professionals, suicide survivors, fire chiefs and chaplains. The group met over two days trying to bring this issue together to release a ribbon report. Read More...


The MCVFA provides training and education programs around the state on a variety of topics. The purpose of the MCVFA Training Committee is threefold. First, the committee promotes the MCVFA as the voice of the call/volunteer fire and EMT service in Massachusetts. The second purpose is to increase the membership of MCVFA. The final and most important purpose are to reduce the number of injuries and deaths of fire and EMS responders by providing training in safety and other fire and EMS related topics. This training takes place via workshops and programs covering a wide range of fields: administration, chaplains, health and wellness, Haz-Mat and emergency response.

The committee provides information to fire and EMS personnel in a timely, convenient and cost-effective manner. The committee strives to place classes near all call/volunteer firefighters and EMT’s, enabling the maximum amount of people to attend. Each year new workshops and programs are added, with constant critiques and reviews to discover what the volunteer fire and EMS services are looking for in training. The MCVFA organizes classes each year with many in attendance.


Massachusetts Required Training for Firefighters 
Massachusetts Training/Certification Minimum Legal Requirements for Firefighters – Career, Call & Volunteer as of August 21, 2017.
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