Public Education Conference 2016
September 26 and 27
Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center

Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day

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Join us for the 22nd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference. This conference will offer a number of workshops and a 4 hour Leadership in Public Education track. These workshops will keep educators moving towards our destination, keeping all ages safe. Keeping Everybody Safe Every Day will include programs for new fire and life safety educators, workshops to challenge experienced educators, and workshops that teach new ways to develop partnerships, collaborate, and expand program management skills. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals and police are encouraged to join us. For more information please email  Include “conference” in the subject line of your email. Look for registration brochures in June.

Nominations for the 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Nominations pdf format of EducatorOTY_NominationForm_2016.pdf
are now being accepted for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award. The 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 demonstrate 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. Nomination Form pdf format of EducatorOTY_NominationForm_2016.pdf

Remembering When™ A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

A Train the Trainer Workshop

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This Train the Trainer workshop is designed for firefighters and their senior partnering agencies. Remembering When™ A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. The Remembering When™ curriculum is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire and eight fall prevention – developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus groups testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition including the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities and others. Coalition members can decide how to best approach the local senior population: through group presentations, during home visits, and/or as part of a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program. Participants will review the updated curriculum, practice using the activities and plan for implementation. This workshop is a great resource for local Senior SAFE programs. Firefighters are encouraged to bring a senior agency partner to these workshops. You can register at the Mass. Firefighting Academy website.

June 17, 2016 – Department of Fire Services, Stow Campus, 1 State Road, Stow 10:00-16:00

Public Education in the classroom

Grant News

  • The Department of Fire Services is pleased to announce the FY ’16 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grants pdf format of List of FY’16 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Awards 
have been awarded to 229 fire departments.
  • Here is a customizable local press release pdf format of Customizable local press release
for fire departments to use to announce their awards to local media.
  • The Fiscal Year 2015 Year End Report pdf format of 2015 Fiscal Year End Report
 is available online and due by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2016. For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.
  • FY 2014 Year End Reports were 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 2014 Year End Report.  pdf format of FY 2014 Year End Report.

Fire and Life Safety Education is critical in Massachusetts. Over the past 21 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.

What's New in Public Education

Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety

bbq grill

State Fire Marshal Offers Safety Tips
“With Memorial Day fast approaching, many people are getting the barbecue ready for the summer grilling season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect gas grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.” Read the 2016 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor pdf format of Grilling Safety
– a 1-page educational handout.


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.