All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter or soot, all of which are hazardous to firefighters’ health. The fireground today is a highly toxic environment requiring full PPE, including SCBAs during attack and extinguishment, and especially during salvage and overhaul.

In the 1900s, houses and their furnishings were made of wood, glass and metal. While still dangerous to firefighters, the burn rates of these materials were slower and temperatures stayed lower than modern materials, and there were very few studies focusing on the environmental hazards of putting out fires. Building codes referred to fire gases as “no more toxic than wood.” 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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