S.A.F.E. Funded Fire Safety Houses

The Executive Office of Public Safety through the Department of Fire Services has purchased one fire safety house for each of the fifteen fire mobilization districts in the state. Local fire departments may utilize these units to augment their public fire and life safety education programs.

The practical hands-on activities reinforce the lessons firefighters; specially trained as public fire and life safety educators, teach in the classroom. This fun, make-believe exercise prepares children to react safely and appropriately in case of an actual emergency. Having the children demonstrate how to react when a smoke alarm sounds or when they see smoke or fire can be used as an evaluation instrument to assess their understanding of concepts and behaviors taught in the classroom.

The fire safety house is an educational tool used to teach fire prevention and fire survival in an interactive manner. It is equipped with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and control room. The living room has an electric fireplace, bench seating, a telephone and an exit door. The kitchen, where most home fires occur, is equipped with a sink, stove and cabinets. The second-floor bedroom is furnished with a small bed, a smoke detector and a sliding door that opens onto a porch with an escape ladder.

In the control room, firefighters can operate a theatrical fog machine to "smoke" one or all rooms in the house. Children are instructed to "crawl low beneath the smoke" as they exit to safety. Along the way they check the bedroom door for heat with the back of their hand. If the door feels warm they use their second way out and descend the fire escape ladder. Once safely outside they proceed to the meeting place.

The phone system can be used to simulate a 9-1-1 emergency call to a dispatch center. Children are instructed to give their name, the address and type of emergency and to stay on the phone until they are told to hang up. Each room has a video camera and allows parents to view the children from outside on a television monitor.

List of S.A.F.E. Funded Regional Fire Safety Houses

District # Home Site / Contact District Communities

District One Falmouth
Lt. Mel Trott
(508) 495-2533
Barnstable (Barnstable, West Barnstable, Hyannis, Centerville/Osterville/Marston Mills, Cotuit), Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Gosnold, Harwich, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Otis A.F.B., Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, and Yarmouth
 
  
District Two Hanson
Lt. Robert O’Brien
(781) 293-9571
Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Norwell, Onset, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Whitman
  
District Three Fall River
Insp. Kenneth Leger
(508) 324-2740 Ext. 114
Acushnet, Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth (Districts #1, 2 & 3), Dighton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Westport
  

District Four Mansfield
Chief Neal Boldrighini or

Lt. Mark Goyette
(508) 261-7493

 

Avon, Bellingham, Canton, Dover, Easton, Foxborough, Franklin, Holbrook, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood, and Wrentham
  

District Five Danvers
Chief Kevin Farrell
(978) 762-0247

 

Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham
  
District Six Lowell
Lt. Russ Frisette
(978) 446-7260
Andover, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, North Reading, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington
  
District Seven Worcester
Lt. Annmarie Pickett
PickettA@worcesterma.gov
Auburn, Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield, and Worcester
  

District Eight Fitchburg
Brenda Fitzgerald or
Rachel King

(978) 345-9762
(Tow vehicle no longer available)

 

Ashburnham, Ashby, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, West Boylston, Westminster, and Winchendon
  

District Nine Whately
Chief John Hannum
(413) 665-2230

 

Ashfield, Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Erving, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately
  

District Ten Goshen
Chief Susan Labrie
(413) 268-7161

 

Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield, Southampton, South Hadley, Ware, Williamsburg, Westhampton, and Worthington
  

District Eleven Three Rivers
Chief Scott Gustafson
(413) 668-8191

 

Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Southwick, Springfield, Three Rivers, Tolland, Wales, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham
  

District Twelve Lanesboro
Chief Charles A. Durfee
(413) 443-2321

 

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Stockbridge, Savoy, Sheffield, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor
  

District Thirteen Reading
Chief Gregory J. Burns
(781) 944-3132

 

Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, and Massport
  

District Fourteen Acton
FF Brent Carter or A.J. Pelkey
(978) 264-9645

 

Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Milford, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and, Westborough
  
District Fifteen Amesbury
FF’s Jeremy Bean or Gerry Morrill
(978) 388-8165
Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury

There are other fire safety houses in the Commonwealth that were not funded through this program located at the Boston, Bridgewater, North Andover, Kingston/Duxbury, Woburn, Gardner, Longmeadow/East Longmeadow, Lincoln, and Seekonk Fire Departments. Generally, these are for use only within the community. Please contact the fire education unit or fire chief on how to access them.

Photo of an outside corner view of a trailer configured like a house with windows and an escape ladder on the back end and windows and an entrance door on the side. Photo of a trailer configured as a house showing an outside curb side view, an outside front corner view, an interior kitchen view, an interior bedroom view, and two more views of the kitchen.
Scotty Fire Safety HouseTypical interior furnishings
  
Photo of a trailer configured like a house with a bay window and two floors. Photo of a trailer configured like a house with a rear porch and a wheelchair accessible ramp and a person in a wheelchair facing the camera
Surrey Fire Safety HouseSurrey ADA accessible rear porch

 

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