The certification is in response to the 2014 tragic Boston fire on Beacon Street that took the life of two firefighters, Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy. The training and certification is designed to enhance fire safety awareness and promote safe work practices. It was developed by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). The training and certification will:
- Describe the various types of hot work
- Identify common fuels and ignition sources
- Cover hot work standards, regulations and ordinances
- Define duties and responsibilities of those employees performing hot work
- Ensure workers can read and understand a Hot Work Permit
Each person involved in hot work operations will be required to complete training and receive NFPA certification. This is an employee certification, not a company certification. However, according to the City of Boston, if after Jan. 1, 2017, any company has employees involved in hot works who have not been certified, it is considered a violation of the Boston Fire Code. A certification number will be required when obtaining a Hot Work Permit in the City of Boston effective 1/1/17.
Classes begin October 18 and run through Dec. 22, and all start at 5 p.m. and last approximately three hours. The cost is $25 per person. Registration details can be found here. ABC will pass on any additional information as it becomes available.