Plainville Awarded Fire Safety Education Funds

January 9, 2014

Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce that Norfolk and Plainville have been awarded $6,904 each in grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Programs for the 2014 fiscal year. The funding will support fire safety education programs for students and seniors in Norfolk and Plainville.

“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 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.

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