ECFCA Fire Prevention Division

             MISSION STATEMENT                           

To help foster a fire safe environment for it’s citizens, visitors and guests through education, community planning and code enforcement. To provide fire prevention personnel training, knowledge, networking and experience to help them better protect the communities they serve. 

The Fire Prevention Division meets the LAST Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am in the training room of the Topsfield Fire Department.

Current Executive Board Members

President:           Deputy Chief Barry Galvin            bgalvin@northreadingma.gov

Vice President:   Lieutenant Peter Schaeublin        pschaeublin@salem.com

Secretary:           Captain Jen Collins-Brown           jcollinsbr@verizon.net

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 Helpful links for Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement:

Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code 527 CMR 1.00

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 148 Table of Contents (Fire Laws)

Department of Fire Services (Fire Marshal’s Office)

8th Edition of the Massachusetts Base Building Code Amendments

8th Edition of the Massachusetts Residential Building Code Amendments

Department of Fire Services – Application and Permit Forms

Department of Fire Services – Fire Prevention Training Documents

Department of Fire Services – Fire Safety Topics/Flyers

Underground Storage Tank Query Tool (DEP)

Department of Public Safety License Query Tool

Division of Professional Licensing Query Tool

Massachusetts Public Corporation Query Tool

Professional Engineer Query Tool

Homeowners Oil Line Upgrade and Insurance Law

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts (FPAM)

Smoke Detector Replacement answer 4/9/2015
I spoke with Matt Allen this afternoon regarding our meeting and questions regarding the replacement of smoke alarms older than 10 years old. There seems to be some confusion on this item because of the frequently asked questions and the face that Chapter 148 § 26F ½ is applicable to houses built before 1975, or before the building code. We are all doing the Smoke Certificates now for dwellings built before 1975 but after too.

The new Fire Code is a maintenance code and it specifically references NFPA 72 (2010 Edition). In NFPA 72, section 29.8.1.4(b) states that; Smoke alarms installed in one- and two-family dwellings shall not remain in service longer than 10 years from the date of manufacture. It is his recommendation that we enforce the 10 year replacement requirement for both before and after 1975. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations will be meeting in the very near future to address many of the issues that have come up as part of the implementation of the new code. It is anticipated that language will be drafted as official interpretations to address this item as well as many others like grills on decks too. If I have any more information regarding these matters I will gladly forward them.

Regards,

Lt. Todd R. Pomerleau