North Adams Fire Director Accredited By State Commission

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Stephen Meranti

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Fire Director Stephen A. Meranti received accreditation from the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission on Jan. 6.

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.

"The program establishes requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief," said Everett Fire Chief David Butler, who serves as chair of the commission. "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.

"The program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today's fire chief," State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said. "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."

Meranti said he was honored to be recognized by the commission for his "dedication and accomplishments" while serving.

"I believe in maintaining a high level of professionalism in this position and my department," he said.

Mayor Richard Alcombright also praised Meranti for his leadership.

"Steve is an exceptional leader and continues to demonstrate his passion not only for his own professional development, but the department as a whole," Alcombright said. "Under his direction and through his example, all of our firefighters embrace training and education as a way to hone their skills and stay safe while protecting the lives and property of those they serve. I congratulate Steve on his wonderful accomplishments and exceptional leadership."

Participants in the accreditation program are required to renew their credentials every three years.

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