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

Register Now for the 21st Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference

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The registration brochure pdf format of registration brochure
file size 1MB is now available for Here We Grow Again on September 28 and 29, 2015. This annual conference brings together fire and life safety educators, classroom teachers, and people who work with elders to learn, network and advance the safety of the citizens of Massachusetts. For registration information, email Include conference in the subject line. Share the invitation with others who may be interested.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year pdf format of Educator of the Year Nomination Form
award. This 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 demonstrates 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!

This conference is attended by a number of people, including firefighters, teachers, administrators, EMT’s and senior agency workers. If you are interested in being a vendor at the conference pdf format of Fire and Life Safety Education Conference Exhibitor Reg
, please fill out this form and submit it to Cynthia Ouellette at


MFA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Class pdf format of MFA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Class

The next Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Course will be held in Lawrence at the Relief’s Inn, 1 Market Street, Lawrence on October 22, 23, 29, 30 and Nov. 5. 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.

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.