Public Education in the classroom

Fire and Life Safety Education is critical in Massachusetts. Over the past 20 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

2015-16 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest

The contest is open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions have to be from school-sponsored communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors are required to review and approve all storyboards before filming started. Videos are required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrating risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. School districts offering communications classes, which include the design and creation of media productions, are encouraged to promote this contest through an independent or group assignment as part of its curriculum delivery. Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric pdf format of 2015 YouTube Burn Contest Rules

Supported by the Department of Fire Service, Shriners Burn Hospital for Children, and prizes supplied by Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association (aka The FAIR Plan) and Ma SAFE, schools who participate will have an opportunity to receive a grand prize (a digital video camera) or gift certificates to Best Buy. There will be a first, second, and third place winner. There will also be three honorable mentions. These will be awarded at the Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston early in 2016.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely

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Thanksgiving is the single day with the most home fires in Massachusetts. It is a wonderful family holiday that celebrates Massachusetts history, but the day can be ruined with a cooking or candle fire, a burn injury or a carbon monoxide incident from long-term use of the oven. Every home should have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

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“When buying your Halloween candy this year, pick up some batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “We change our clocks the day after Halloween on November 1, so remember when you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” he added. Read the full CYC CYB press release.


Grant News

  • The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the Fiscal Year 16 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, September 11, 2015. 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.
  • Communities who applied for S.A.F.E. and Senior Safe grants are receiving their funding. Congratulations. We look forward to great programs in 2015!  FY’15 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Awards  pdf format of FY’15 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Awards
  • 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.