34 Massachusetts firefighters graduate from 27th Chief Fire Management Training Program – New Bedford Guide

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Nearly three dozen fire department chiefs from across Massachusetts have graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s chief firefighter management training program, said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Marshal deputy state firefighter Maribel Fournier, who is acting director of the MFA.

The prestigious 13-week program is jointly delivered by the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. UMass and MFA staff were assisted by Barre Fire Chief Robert Rogowski, a graduate of the program in 2020 who served as the program coordinator.

“These fire service professionals are committed to leading within their departments and serving within their communities,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “I would like to commend each of them for stepping forward, mastering a complex and demanding curriculum, and contributing to the interests of public service and public safety.


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The 34 Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs are drawn from the Beverly, Brookline, Chatham, Douglas, Easton, Groton, Groveland, Hadley, Hampden, Harwich, Lincoln, Mansfield, Marshfield, Mendon, Milford, Nantucket, Norton Fire Departments , Norwell, Plymouth, Rockland, Sherborn, Somerset, Southbridge, Stoughton, Sturbridge, Tisbury, Wayland, Wellesley, West Springfield, Westminster, Wilbraham, Woburn and Yarmouth.

The fire chief management training program helps high-level firefighters improve their ability to lead and manage their departments. Since last fall, program participants have studied a wide range of topics considered essential to effective public sector management. These include personal leadership styles, municipal finance, planning and budgeting, public information, behavioral health, contemporary legal issues, fire mobilization, executive leadership, intergovernmental relations, ethics and logic, human resource management, public speaking and executive communications. Program participants completed nearly 100 hours of in-class instruction led by subject matter experts, with a considerable amount of out-of-class reading and research in preparation. Today’s graduates were the first to present their final research virtually, preparing them for the growing use of remote meetings and enhancing the skills they can expect to use in municipalities across the State.

The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. This promotion is the 27th in the history of the program.

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