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2016 S.A.F.E. and Senior Safe Application

The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the FY ’16 application for S.A.F.E. and Senior S.A.F.E. grants is available online. This year the application is a fillable form and fire departments can either email or send a hard copy to DFS. The deadline for submission is no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015. A PowerPoint has been developed to assist in the writing of these grants. For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.

Register Now for the 21st Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference
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The registration brochure pdf format of registration brochure
file size 1MB is now available for Here We Grow Again on September 28 and 29, 2015. This annual conference brings together fire and life safety educators, classroom teachers, and people who work with elders to learn, network and advance the safety of the citizens of Massachusetts. For registration information, email . Include conference in the subject line. Share the invitation with others who may be interested.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year pdf format of Educator of the Year Nomination Form
 award. This award recognizes individuals or teams for their commitment to making our world safer from fire and other preventable injuries. We are looking for people who make a difference and who demonstrates leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision and perseverance. Do you know someone who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why!

This conference is attended by a number of people, including firefighters, teachers, administrators, EMT’s and senior agency workers. If you are interested in being a vendor at the conference pdf format of Fire and Life Safety Education Conference Exhibitor Reg
, please fill out this form and submit it to Cynthia Ouellette at

MFA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Class
The next Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Course will be held in Lawrence at the Relief’s Inn, 1 Market Street, Lawrence on October 22, 23, 29, 30 and Nov. 5. This 5-day program is designed to provide a community with the basis for a solid public education program and is designed, at a minimum, to properly train the fire department's lead S.A.F.E. educator. Topics covered include: child development; how people learn, focusing on different learning styles and the seven intelligences; older adult presentations, lesson planning; curricula review; public speaking; program evaluation; and connecting lessons to the curriculum frameworks. The program concludes with students presenting a segment of instruction on a given topic for a specified age group. Registrations for PF&LSE are priority selection.

Student Evaluation

Are Students Truly Learning What We Think We Are Teaching Them?

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Evaluation is key to the success of the S.A.F.E. Program. How do we know if the students really learned what we thought we taught them? Are they getting all the key concepts by the time they reach certain milestones? DFS has guidance and resources to help you evaluate your educational programs.