Welcome from the State Fire Marshall

As State Fire Marshal, I am very cognizant of the value and contribution that the Corps of Fire Chaplains play in support of the fire service in Massachusetts. The Corps provides training for its members and facilitates chaplain mutual aid for large scale or long-term incidents. Two horrific events clearly illustrate the legacy of the Corp; their deployment to New York City in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11th and the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that took the lives of six firefighters. From those dark days emerged the more formal network of the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains. Most recently they have responded to line of duty deaths in Watertown, Montgomery and Worcester, the increased number of active duty deaths including job related cancer deaths, and are an integral part assisting firefighters deal with these issues and other stressors they encounter on the job. Chaplains are trained to provide counseling to firefighters and are part of the critical incident stress management teams. Chaplains are also able to assist individual firefighters with issues affecting home or work. Firefighting is a difficult and dangerous job and the chaplains can help us take care of our own. They can be activated to support the fire service in the Commonwealth 24 hours a day, seven days a week,

I have the utmost respect for the organization and wholeheartedly support their efforts.

Peter J. Ostroskey
State Fire Marshal