For Immediate Release
October 17, 2012
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The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission granted accreditation to Fire Chief Steve Abraira of the Boston Fire Department on October 16, 2012 who has demonstrated the required fire service experience, education, and certifications for accreditation.
This accreditation is granted through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for fire chiefs. Everett Fire Chief David Butler, who serves as chair of the commission says, “The program establishes requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief. It establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and their community.” The applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training, and experience.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said, “The program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today’s fire chief. The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time fire chief to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation.”
Chief Abraira said, “I am dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our community and have worked hard to continue my education to bring a high level of professionalism to my position as Chief of the Boston Fire Department. I feel that this accomplishment recognizes my dedication and effort to be the best fire chief I can for our community.”
Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years. At this time the program is open to people currently serving as fire chief of department.