Public Education in the classroom

Fire and Life Safety Education is critical in Massachusetts. Over the past 22 years, Department of Fire Services Public Education programs have helped to reduce fire deaths in the state. The S.A.F.E. and Senior Safe programs focus on educating vulnerable citizens about fire and life safety.

The Fire Data and Public Fire Education Unit manages all education programs and provides free technical assistance to local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations and others interested in safety education. For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.

S.A.F.E. & Senior SAFE Grants
The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the 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, October 21, 2016. 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.

FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Application – fillable form  pdf format of FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Application...
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FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant  docx format of FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant

FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Directions  pdf format of FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Directions
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FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Powerpoint  pdf format of FY’ 17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Powerpoint
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The Fiscal Year 2015 Year End Report pdf format of 2015 Fiscal Year End Report
 was due by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2016. It must be completed to be eligible for FY ’17 grant funds.

22nd Annual Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference


The 22nd annual Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference took place September 26-27, 2016 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. This year’s theme Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day recognizes the need to keep every member of our community safe from fire at every stage of life. Those risks change as we move from kindergarten to grade school and high school, when we head off to college, start families of our own and when we become older adults. Michael Riccardi, author and Station Nightclub survivor, gave an inspiration keynote address.

The 2016 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented on September 27 to Ellen Kennedy, a science teacher at the JFK Middle School in Northampton who incorporates fire science into her lessons. The other nominees recognized for their efforts were: FF Tess Didonato, Auburn Fire Department; Lt. Paul Delaney, Wellesley Fire Department; Capt. David Konieczny, Dudley Fire Department; the Western Massachusetts Safety and Fire Education Association; and the Bridgewater Seniors First Team with members from the Bridgewater Fire Department, Bridgewater State University’s Office of University Community Initiatives, The Home Depot, and the Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs. Read the full 2016 Pub Ed Conference press release.

For more photos from the conference go to the DFS Facebook page. No Facebook account needed.

October 9-15 Is Fire Prevention Week

Theme is Don’t Wait! Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
“Every smoke alarm has an expiration date. Do you know when yours expire?” asked State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Don’t Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years, educates the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. Smoke alarms, like other appliances in your home, don’t last forever. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016. Read the full Fire Prevention Week press release.
Grant News
DFS SAFE 2014 Annual Report

FY 2014 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Annual Report pdf format of DFS SAFE 2014 Annual Report
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What happened in the Commonwealth’s S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs in 2014? This report includes exciting results from the first year of Senior SAFE. It also focuses on evaluation results from our 3rd and 6th grade evaluation tools. These tools allow 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 only state in the nation that is conducting this sort of rigorous, consistent evaluation of its public fire education.



2016-2017 Schedule for the Public Fire and Life Safety Education Class
The schedule for the 2016-2017 Public Fire and Life Safety Education program is as follows:

October 18, 20, 25, 27, November 3, 2016

Middlesex Sherriff’s Office Training Academy

40 Brick Kiln Road

Chelmsford, MA 01824

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

January 24, 26, 31,

February 2, 9, 2017

Ware Fire Department

200 West Street

Ware, MA 01082

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

March 21, 23, 28, 30,

April 6, 2017

Foxborough Fire and Rescue

8 Chestnut Street

Foxborough, MA 02035

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

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. Registration for PF&LSE is a priority selection.

2015-16 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest Winners Announced


The state Department of Fire Services in conjunction with the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE) and the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) announced the winner’s of this year’s YouTubeTM High School Burn Awareness Video Contest were teams of students from Millis, Ayer-Shirley and Sharon High Schools. Congratulations to all the participants and winners. Watch these creative videos made by Massachusetts high school students.


Other Fall Messages:

Halloween Safety pdf format of Halloween Safety Tips





Heating Safely with Solid Fuels - Chimney, Wood, Coal and Pellet Stoves

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey wants people to Keep Warm, Keep Safe this winter. It is important to use all heating sources safely. Here is some information on preventing fires from chimneys, wood, coal and pellet stoves.

NFPA’s Keeping your Community Safe and Warm Kit  - Tools for heating safety

U.S. Fire Administration Home Heating Safety Kit - Tools for heating safety