The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce that communities who have applied for the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE grants are receiving their funding. Congratulations and we look forward to great programs in 2015! Fiscal Year 2015 is the 20th year of the school-based S.A.F.E. Program and the second of the new Senior SAFE Program
The FY 2014 Year End Report is due on January 30, 2015. If funds have not been spent please fill out an extension form. Those funds must be spent by June 30, 2015. If not, you must return any unspent funds to the Department of Fire Services. FY 2014Year End Report.
MFA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Class - The next Public Fire & Life Safety Educator course, will be held in Devens at the Devens Community Center, 100 Sherman Avenue, Devens on March 19, 20, 26, 27, and April 2. 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; 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.
The New England National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Education Network representatives are hosting a 2-day training on the NFPA’s Remembering When ™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults on March 30-31, 2015 at the New Hampshire Fire Academy, Concord, NH. Fire departments and partnering agencies are invited to submit applications by February 13, 2015. This is a perfect opportunity for Senior SAFE programs here in Massachusetts to get additional training and teaching skills. All training materials, lunches, and breaks are included; travel and lodging are not.
Are Students Truly Learning What We Think We Are Teaching Them?
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.
S.A.F.E. FY 2012 Annual Report
This statewide annual report of the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program includes exciting results from the second year using the 3rd grade evaluation tool. It allows us to prove that students are learning what we think we are teaching and to know where there is room for improvement. Massachusetts may well be the first state in the nation that is conducting this sort of rigorous, consistent evaluation of its fire education.