UMass Amherst Fire Safety

UMass Amherst Fire Safety As a facet of the UMass Amherst EH&S, Campus Safety and Fire Prevention provides the campus community with fire safety education and advocacy.
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Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
04/27/2020

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

Fire officials announced that May is Electrical Safety Month. This year, Electrical Safety Month comes at a time when most of us are at staying home, studying, working, and connecting with family and friends remotely. We are using more electronic devices at once than normal. Practicing electrical safety is more important now than ever, https://www.mass.gov/news/may-is-electrical-safety-month-1 Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts

03/20/2020
New York City Fire Department (FDNY)

Don’t forget to have a lid that fits your pot/pan too!

New Yorkers are cooking at home now more than ever, and retired FDNY Firefighter Danny Glover is here to share #FDNYSmart tips to help you stay safe in the kitchen. Even though we're practicing social distancing, we're still in this together.

When you get tired of cooking, support your local small businesses by ordering in! Call your favorite neighborhood restaurant and request no-contact delivery today.

See more ways to stay connected with the FDNY at fdnysmart.org/connect

Fire safety staff inspected the fire extinguishers at Lederle Graduate Research Tower. One of the perks of the job is th...
03/05/2020

Fire safety staff inspected the fire extinguishers at Lederle Graduate Research Tower. One of the perks of the job is the view when checking 17th floor fire extinguishers.

Congratulations to student employee John Miller, on being recognized at tonight’s UMass Hockey game. John was recognized...
02/08/2020

Congratulations to student employee John Miller, on being recognized at tonight’s UMass Hockey game. John was recognized for his service with the Amherst Fire Department Student Force. Also working for UMass Fire Safety and Springfield AMR, he plans on becoming a firefighter/paramedic after graduation from UMass.

UMass Fire Safety inspects over four thousand fire extinguishers on campus. A portion of these extinguishers include ext...
01/30/2020

UMass Fire Safety inspects over four thousand fire extinguishers on campus. A portion of these extinguishers include extinguishers on every UMass bus. January’s list includes tracking down all these buses, and hopefully catching them before they continue their routes.

Though animal rescue normally is not associated with our department, Fire Safety staff assisted UMPD and pest control in...
01/21/2020

Though animal rescue normally is not associated with our department, Fire Safety staff assisted UMPD and pest control in the relocation of a raccoon today. The raccoon was safely moved to an area away from campus, without any harm to the raccoon.

Fire Safety staff are conducting a fire safety training at the Hadley Farms complex today. Though warmth from the live f...
01/21/2020

Fire Safety staff are conducting a fire safety training at the Hadley Farms complex today. Though warmth from the live fire prop is welcome, cold weather can’t stop fire extinguisher practice.

Worcester Fire Department
01/20/2020

Worcester Fire Department

The time is always right
to do what is right

- Martin Luther King Jr.

#MLKDay

UMass Amherst Fire Safety
11/24/2019

UMass Amherst Fire Safety

UMass Amherst Fire Safety
11/13/2019

UMass Amherst Fire Safety

11/11/2019
Orange Fire Rescue EMS

Orange Fire Rescue EMS

Thank you Veteran's, we owe you more than we could ever express.
Video is at Orange Memorial Park, also showing the Massachusetts Official State Peace Statue- "It Shall Not Be Again".
In the park you can also find the Veteran's Honor Roll with names of Veterans from our community.

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
10/26/2019

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

Quick candle safety tips from the State Fire Marshal. Blow candles out before leaving the room or going to sleep.
http://ow.ly/PW4e50wUfax

Congratulations to Will, a former member of UMass Fire Safety, in his new job at Turners Falls FD! Will is part of a lar...
10/14/2019

Congratulations to Will, a former member of UMass Fire Safety, in his new job at Turners Falls FD! Will is part of a large group of former employees of the extinguisher shop to go on to careers with fire departments. Cambridge, Amherst, Northampton, Walpole, Rockland, Turners Falls, and Orange represent a small sample of departments with former employees of the fire extinguisher shop. Congratulations to Deputy Chief McCarthy and Captain Hartnett as well!

-From the Desk of the Chief-

For Immediate Release:
The Turners Falls Fire Department is pleased to announce several positional changes within the Department effective this week:

Captain Brian McCarthy has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief with the retirement of Leon Ambo from the position. McCarthy joined the Turners Falls Fire Department in November 13, 2005 as a member of the Call Force and then hired to the Permanent Career Force November 29, 2009. McCarthy worked his way up through the ranks being promoted to then Captain April 6, 2014 and now to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Firefighter Luke Hartnett has been promoted to the rank of Captain to backfill the open position following MCarthy's promotion. Hartnett began his career in the Fire Service with the Erving Fire Department October 10, 2000 and joined the Turners Falls Fire Department Call Force November 10, 2012. Hartnett was then hired to the Permanent Career Force September 22, 2013 and now to the rank of Captain.

Completing the list of changes amongst the Permanent Career Force, William Ingram has been hired as a Probational Firefighter to backfill the open position following Hartnett's promotion. Ingram brings experience in the Fire Service from his time with the Leverett Fire Department and most recently as a Career Firefighter with the Hadley Fire Department. Ingram begins his Career with Turners Falls Fire starting October 21, 2019.

Congratulations to all.
-Chief John Zellmann

This week Fire Safety Staff, with assistance from UMass EMS, are conducting Fire Drills at the campus residence halls. D...
09/26/2019

This week Fire Safety Staff, with assistance from UMass EMS, are conducting Fire Drills at the campus residence halls. Drills are conducted in the residence halls once per semester.

Rest In Peace, Captain Michael Bell. We wish a speedy recovery to all others injured as well.
09/16/2019

Rest In Peace, Captain Michael Bell. We wish a speedy recovery to all others injured as well.

From the State Fire Marshals Office:

The State Fire Marshal’s Office, working with the Farmington Police and Fire Departments, has released the names of the victims of today’s explosion in Farmington. Killed was Farmington Fire Captain Michael Bell, who was 68, and a 30 year member of the fire department.

The six other Farmington Firefighters injured were:

Fire Chief Terry Bell , 62, who is the brother of Michael Bell. Captain Timothy D. Hardy, 40, Captain Scott Baxter, 37, and his father, Firefighter Theodore Baxter, 64, Firefighter Joseph Hastings, 24, and Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Ross, who was treated and released from Franklin Memorial Hospital. The five other injured firefighters are being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland and all sustained serious injuries.

Chief Bell, Hardy, Scott Baxter and Hastings are full time members of the fire department. Michael Bell, Theodore Baxter and Ross are part time firefighters.

Also injured in the explosion was 60 year old Larry Lord, a maintenance worker at the facility. Lord was flown to Mass General Hospital in Boston.

A very sad day. We send all our love and prayers.

Northampton Fire Rescue
09/11/2019

Northampton Fire Rescue

18 years ago. We haven’t forgotten.

Fire Marshal Swain and Associate Director Steele spent their day teaching fire safety to graduate students. Pictured is ...
09/05/2019

Fire Marshal Swain and Associate Director Steele spent their day teaching fire safety to graduate students. Pictured is Fire Marshal Swain teaching about stovetop fires

Student staff member John Miller teaching fire extinguisher usage at UFest this past weekend. Fire Safety, Emergency Man...
09/05/2019

Student staff member John Miller teaching fire extinguisher usage at UFest this past weekend. Fire Safety, Emergency Management, and UMass EMS all participated in the event.

Documentation may be the most boring part of the job, but it is important. Testing/inspection of fire alarms, fire pumps...
08/30/2019

Documentation may be the most boring part of the job, but it is important. Testing/inspection of fire alarms, fire pumps, and sprinkler systems follows national standards.

Along with the normal daily activity here, Fire & Safety staff is assisting Cogswell Sprinkler with some repairs on camp...
05/29/2019

Along with the normal daily activity here, Fire & Safety staff is assisting Cogswell Sprinkler with some repairs on campus.

Today marks the first day of annual system testing at the University. During the summer months, Fire & Safety staff will...
05/13/2019

Today marks the first day of annual system testing at the University. During the summer months, Fire & Safety staff will test all sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and emergency power; in conjunction with other departments and contractors.

Active Shooter Incidents are a real threat at college campuses, among other public and private spaces. The Office of Eme...
04/12/2019
Office of Emergency Management | UMass Amherst

Active Shooter Incidents are a real threat at college campuses, among other public and private spaces. The Office of Emergency Management would like everyone to watch an Active Threat Training video, found on their website. The Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with other agencies, strives to prepare the campus for any and all types of emergencies. https://www.umass.edu/emergency/

-Be informed (Sign up for UMass Amherst Alerts) -Be observant (Of your surroundings and situation) -Make a plan (Where to go, What to do) -Follow the RUN, HIDE, FIGHT procedure.

Fire & Safety personnel worked with AFD Engine 1 and Engine 2 to extinguish a piece of paving equipment on campus. Quick...
04/02/2019

Fire & Safety personnel worked with AFD Engine 1 and Engine 2 to extinguish a piece of paving equipment on campus. Quick reporting by student employees Rhude and Sterling allowed crews to quickly locate and extinguish the small fire.

Fire & Safety staff, along with Amherst Fire Department, responded to a fire alarm at Hasbrouck Laboratory today. Buildi...
04/02/2019

Fire & Safety staff, along with Amherst Fire Department, responded to a fire alarm at Hasbrouck Laboratory today. Buildings like Hasbrouck present a challenge for responders due to the mix of laboratories, offices, and a large lecture hall. Today’s alarm has been credited to a detector malfunction.

Congratulations to former Fire & Safety Officer Ingram on his promotion at Leverett Fire Department
03/06/2019

Congratulations to former Fire & Safety Officer Ingram on his promotion at Leverett Fire Department

Deputy Chief Cook in front of the Leverett Select Board announced this evening the promotion of F/F Block and F/F Ingram to the rank of Lieutenant. Both underwent a challenging promotional exam including a fire problem and interview focusing on items they will face both on and off the fireground. Congratulations to both of them for their hard work and dedication!

Pictured here is a repurposed fire extinguisher cabinet at the DuBois Library. Though the extinguisher was relocated by ...
02/21/2019

Pictured here is a repurposed fire extinguisher cabinet at the DuBois Library. Though the extinguisher was relocated by Fire Safety staff several years ago, this cabinet highlights the importance of regular inspections on our campus’ fire extinguishers, to make sure the extinguishers have not been displaced by Godzilla, students, or staff.

Although Fire Safety is the main responsibility for us, UMass Fire Safety frequently attends to other campus Safety need...
02/07/2019

Although Fire Safety is the main responsibility for us, UMass Fire Safety frequently attends to other campus Safety needs. Pictured in this post is an activated atmospheric oxygen monitor, at a lab in the Physical sciences building, which was triggered by a oxygen deficient reading. Fire Safety Officers are first responders at all hazardous materials incidents on campus

Campus Fire Marshal Swain circa 1998 and 1983 at his other job, Greenfield Fire Department. Members of UMass Fire & Safe...
01/28/2019

Campus Fire Marshal Swain circa 1998 and 1983 at his other job, Greenfield Fire Department. Members of UMass Fire & Safety have worked for numerous organizations, including Amherst FD, Ashburnham FD, Greenfield FD, Hatfield FD, Leverett FD, Montague Center FD, Orange FD, and the US Army

UMass Amherst Fire Safety
12/24/2018

UMass Amherst Fire Safety

UMass Fire/Safety would like to wish everyone safe travels on this snowy holiday!

Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums
12/02/2018

Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums

Nineteen years later and we still vividly recall the sacrifice they made. Roger Conant's image left an indelible mark on our memories. Tomorrow, take a moment to remember.

Northampton Fire Rescue
11/11/2018

Northampton Fire Rescue

Thank you to all our veterans, especially those that are still serving their community as Northampton Firefighters!

UMass Fire & Safety participating in Trunk or Treat, at North Village Residential Area
10/31/2018

UMass Fire & Safety participating in Trunk or Treat, at North Village Residential Area

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Happy (early) Birthday to Campus Fire Marshal, Michael Swain! He shares a Birthday with my deceased father, Franklin Holmes. Mike isn’t as old as my father was, but tomorrow he turns 58 and becomes my age until April 22. After that, I become older once again until February 1, 2020. This short couple of months it is so nice to know Mike and I are the same age. Make sure you mention (next time you see him) that you “couldn’t believe he was as old as Dave”. Then tell him you always thought he (Mike) was older. That will make him feel “the love”. Kidding aside, wish him the best cause he deserves it.
Mike Swain was kind enough to let my son who loves fire trucks sit in the fire truck and turn the lights on! Thank you for putting a big smile on his face.
Sure spending a lot of money on the "Fire Extinguisher Inspection Program" Mike