S.A.F.E. Grant Info – New Senior SAFE Program
The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the application for the Student Awareness of Fire Education grant program and the new Senior SAFE grant program is now available. This is the 19th year of the school-based S.A.F.E. Program but the Legislature and Administration created the new Senior SAFE Program in this year’s budget. This gives the fire service an opportunity to continue the success of the S.A.F.E. Program by further reducing fires deaths in Massachusetts and increasing the fire safety of older adults because people over 65 are most at risk of dying in fires in our state. Applications are due at the Department of Fire Services by 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2013.
Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference
The 19th annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference will be September 25 -26, 2013 at the Westford Regency Inn. On September 25, the keynote speaker will be Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, ret. from both Hartford, CT and Fort Worth, TX. Chief Freeman is a member of Vision 20/20 and a strong advocate for the role public education plays in a community risk reduction strategy. There will be many workshops and a general session focusing on senior fire and life safety to support the new Senior SAFE Program. The 2013 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award will be presented on September 26. Nominations are due August 30, 2013 and can be made by anyone.
Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Course– The next Public and Life Safety Educator (PF & LSE) will be held at the Norwell Fire Department November 7-8, 14-15 & 2013. It is a 5-day program 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.
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 2011 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.