January 13, 2014
Boston –Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has awarded grant funding to several communities in his district through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Programs. The funding will support fire safety education programs for students and seniors during the 2014 fiscal year.
“The S.A.F.E. Program has a longstanding history of success in educating Massachusetts children about fire safety and prevention,” said Senator Ross. “With the creation of the Senior SAFE Program, I hope that we are able to build upon that success and reach new populations with a high risk of fire-related injury and death.”
The following grants were awarded:
S.A.F.E. Grant Senior SAFE Grant
Attleboro – $5,786 Attleboro – $3,218
Franklin – $5,786 Franklin – $3,218
Natick – $5,786 Natick – $3,218
Norfolk – $4,086 Norfolk – $2,818
Plainville – $4,086 Plainville – $2,818
Sherborn – $3,186 Sherborn – $2,518
Wayland – $4,086 Wayland – $2,818
Wellesley – $4,686 Wellesley – $3,018
Needham – $4,686
The S.A.F.E. Program provides local fire departments with the resources to lead fire and life safety educations in local schools. Firefighters work closely with classroom teachers to teach age-appropriate fire safety lessons to students. Lessons focus on key behaviors, including Stop, Drop, and Roll; Crawl Low under Smoke; and Kitchen Safety, among others. In FY2014, the program will expand to include senior fire prevention training. The program will focus on educating seniors on fire prevention, general home safety, and how to be better prepared in case of a fire.
Since the S.A.F.E. Program was created in 1995, the average annual number of child fire deaths has been reduced by 70%, falling from an average of 18 deaths per year to 5.5 deaths per year. Also during that time, 259 children have been recognized as ‘Young Heroes’ for utilizing the fire and life safety lessons they learned in the classroom in real life emergencies. The Department of Fire Services is looking forward to seeing similar positive results for the Senior SAFE Program.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.