The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission granted accreditation to Captain John Walsh of the Lynnfield Fire Department on March 20, 2018. He has demonstrated the required fire service experience, education and certifications for accreditation.
This accreditation is granted through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a governor-appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for the level of fire chief. Palmer Fire Chief Alan Roy, who serves as chair of the commission, said, “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 Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This program allows chief officers to document their efforts to develop and maintain the skills to be an effective leader and manager in today’s fire service. The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time fire service leader to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation.”
Captain Walsh is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program. He has earned a B.S. in Engineering from Merrimack College, an M.S. in Fire Science Technology from the University of New Haven, and a Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law. Captain Walsh has served the Lynnfield Fire Department since 1979.
Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years. The program is open to all members of the fire service in the Commonwealth serving as chief of department. Additionally, any person holding the rank of lieutenant or above in that department is also eligible to apply for credentialing. Participation in this program is voluntary and all eligible personnel are encouraged to participate.