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S.A.F.E. & Senior SAFE Grants

FY ’16 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Awards Announced
The Department of Fire Services is pleased to announce that the FY ’16 Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE grants have been awarded to 229 local fire departments.  

FY ’15 Year-End Reports
The FY 2015 Year End Report pdf format of FY 2015 Year End Report
is due on January 29, 2016. If not all funds have been expended, please fill out an extension form. Once approved, remaining  funds must be spent by June 30, 2016. After that, any unspent funds must be returned to the Department of Fire Services.

FY 2015 Fire Safety House Year End Report Form pdf format of FY 2015 Fire Safety House Year End Report Form
The FY ’15 Fire Safety House Year-End Report form should be completed by fire departments that host their fire district’s fire safety house and received funds for maintenance. If there are any leftover funds either request a six-month extension or return them.

MFA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Class
The next Public Fire & Life Safety Educator course will be held in Hanover at the Hanover Town Hall, 550 Hanover St., Hanover, on March 22, 24, 29, 31 and April 7. 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.