Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. is pleased to report that the Georgetown Fire Department has been awarded $3,965 for the Fiscal Year 2020 Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program and $2,348 for the Senior SAFE Program by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
“Firefighter and EMT Donna Robbins, the department’s S.A.F.E. Coordinator, does an outstanding job managing the program and helping to keep our community safe, ““Working with teachers to educate young students on fire safety and prevention is something many of us at Georgetown Fire enjoy doing,” Chief Mitchell said. “Firefighter and EMT Donna Robbins, the department’s S.A.F.E. Coordinator, does an outstanding job managing the program and helping to keep our community safe.”
The S.A.F.E. Program has been expanded to offer funds to local communities in support of senior fire prevention training.
“The Senior SAFE Program helps us with the seniors in our community — the population who is most at risk of dying in a fire,” Chief Mitchell said. “Through this program, we are able to educate seniors on fire prevention, general home safety and how to be better prepared should a fire occur.”
The S.A.F.E. Program provides $1.2 million through the Executive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The Senior SAFE Program provides $600,000 in grant funds from fees paid by tobacco companies to the Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program to ensure their products meet the fire safety requirements to be sold in Massachusetts.
Both programs are administered by the state’s Department of Fire Services.
Key to both programs is specially trained fire educators to work with classroom teachers and seniors to deliver age-appropriate lessons on fire and life safety. The key fire and life safety behaviors in the school-based program meet both the requirements of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Health Curriculum Frameworks and the state Department of Fire Services Curriculum Planning Guidebook.
The average number of children who die in fires each year in Massachusetts has dropped 76 percent since the program started compared to a similar time frame before it started.
“This is the 25th year of the S.A.F.E. Program in Massachusetts and we are truly reaching our goal of raising a fire safe generation of children,” Ostroskey said. “We hope to have the same success with the Senior SAFE Program in reducing deaths and injuries to older adults.”
For more information about the Student Awareness of Fire Education or Senior SAFE Programs, call Chief Mitchell or S.A.F.E. Coordinator Robbins at 978-352-5757 or go to www.mass.gov/dfs and type “SAFE” in the “search this organization” box.