Resources for Fire Educators

The Fire Data and Public Education Unit has a lot of resources for fire and life safety educators including information on resources (where to find what), tools for putting together effective programs, guidance on working with school partners, printed materials to reproduce, teaching tools to borrow, and tips on key fire safety education issues.

Contact the Public Education Unit at 978-567-3381 or send an e-mail to Public Information Officer Jennifer Mieth, or request information on the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline (877) 9NO-FIRE .

  • Information and Printed Materials
  • Putting Effective Programs Together
  • S.A.F.E. Program
  • Teaching Tools For Loan
  • Beyond DFS……

Information and Printed Materials

FireFactors - for the public and for fire educators. Download and reproduce these 1-2 page FireFactors on a variety of life safety topics.

Public Education Hotline - 1-877-9 NO FIRE (1-877-966-3473) call to easily obtain free fire safety information and have questions answered by trained public educators.

Fire Safety for Newcomers is an illustrated booklet with 26 fire safety tips, each presented in seven different languages. The printing was donated by the Mass-RI FAIR Plan. This pamphlet can be ordered in quantity

Putting Effective Programs Together
Fire and Burn Public Education Resource Library . Use of the library contains samples of classroom curricula, pamphlets, studies and resource books. People are welcome to come and review materials when planning a public education program to select appropriate materials for the target audience. The library also lends out educational videos.


S.A.F.E Program More information is available about the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program, the Young Heroes program (who are they? how to nominate one), information on working with schools, the Health Curriculum Frameworks  and Education reform, and grant administration information is available on its own page. Many of the S.A.F.E. In-service presentations were made in Powerpoint® and are available for download

Massachusetts Public Fire and Safety Education Curriculum Planning Guidebook

The Public Fire and Safety Education Task Force, in conjunction with S.A.F.E. Educators, has developed a Curriculum Planning Guidebook. This is the backbone of the S.A.F.E. Program identifying age-appropriate learning objectives for the key fire safety behaviors. It is a tool to help Public educators Identify the fire problems in their communities, Select the appropriate behaviors and lessons to correct the fire problems, Design the programs and to Implement and Evaluate to ensure success. It is currently being revised to use Blooms Taxonomy and identify the links between the Dept. of Education's Curriculum Frameworks and key fire safety behaviors. . ( Click here to go to the Resource Guide Idea Form)

Smoke Alarm Information for Public Educators - Information on smoke alarms and the correct response to recent publicity on children sleeping through smoke alarms .

Fire Station Tours - Suggestions on how to make the most of this teaching opportunity.

Teaching Tools For Loan:

Sparky ® the Fire Dog - Includes paws, head with fan and kool-pak. Fire department supplies the clean bunker gear, boots and volunteer. Information on Care and Feeding of Sparky.

Junior Fire Gear - boots, pants with red suspenders, jackets and air packs in a variety of small person sizes.

Hazard Houses - DFS has four Hazard Houses which are teaching tools that can help illustrate and demonstrate a variety of fire and life safety issues in the home. Each Hazard House comes in three portable "suitcase" like containers. Trained personnel may borrow from regional locations starting February, 2006:

  • NORTH: Lowell Fire Department, Rene Demers, (978) 446-7266
  • CENTRAL: DFS Stow, Jennifer Mieth, (978) 567-3381
  • WEST: DFS Northampton, Sally Wyrobek, (413) 587-3181 x 200
  • SOUTH: Berkley Fire Department, Chief Bob Milne, (508) 822-6354

Regional Fire Safety Houses - Each of the 15 fire districts has purchased a Fire Safety House through S.A.F.E. Program funds for use by all the fire departments in the district. This is wonderful teaching tool that reinforces the classroom lessons and allows students to practice escaping a home fire through pretend smoke, using a second way out and reporting the fire. Each district has its own rules on training, use and scheduling. Here is a list of the Fire Safety ".

Beyond DFS……

Arson Watch Reward Program Poster Contest - county and statewide poster contest for 6th-8th graders sponsored by the MA-RI FAIR Plan. Each county in Massachusetts will be holding regional contests for all public, parochial and private school students in grades 6-8. County coordinators will judge local contests and select First and Second Place winners. First Place posters from each County will then be submitted to Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association for the statewide contest. There are prizes for 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd place winners at each level. For further questions contact Nancy Rodes at 617-557-5535.

MDPH Residential Fire Injury Prevention Program pdf format of free_smoke_alarms.pdf
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's on-going federal Centers for Disease Control funded project involving free 10 year lithium battery-operated smoke alarms is accepting new applications. Local fire departments and community agencies team up to install free smoke alarms in the homes of at-risk individuals and families (elders, families with young children, refugees, and immigrants). Fire safety education is provided in the home at the time of the installation and there must be one follow-up visit to test the smoke alarms. For more information or application materials contact Christine Farrell-O'Reilly at (617) 624-6076 or christine.farrell-o'

Carver Fire Department's "Mobile Home Fire Safety" - The Carver Fire Department has developed a fire safety education program for residents living in manufactured homes, a.k.a. mobile homes or trailers. The program is focused towards seniors, since a great percentage of residents in mobile home communities tend to be retirees. Information on how to obtain a copy of t the lesson plan and a PowerPoint presentation may be found on the Carver Fire Department's website at For additional information contact Deputy Craig Weston at 508-866-3440.