The Fire Data and Public Fire Education Unit manages all public fire and safety education programs in the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Technical assistance is provided to local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations and others interested in life safety education.
2013-14 You Tube High School Burn Awareness Video Contest
On March 20, 2014, teams of high school teens and their media teachers received awards on for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 6th annual statewide YouTube™ Burn Awareness Video Contest. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan was joined by contest co-sponsors Michael Sakraida and Benjamin Ward from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Capt. Rick Tustin, president of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE). The ceremony was held at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Winning videos can be viewed on the DFS YouTube Channel.
The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program has been key to improving safety in communities all across the Commonwealth and has been the primary driver in the reduction of child fire deaths. The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the awarding of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE grants to fire departments. This is the 19th year of the school-based S.A.F.E. Program but the Legislature and Administration created the new Senior SAFE Program in this year’s budget. This gives the fire service an opportunity to continue the success of the S.A.F.E. Program by further reducing fires deaths in Massachusetts and increasing the fire safety of older adults because people over 65 are most at risk of dying in fires in our state.
FY ’13 S.A.F.E. Year End Reports
The FY 2013 Grant Year End Report was due at the Department of Fire Services on Friday, January 31, 2014. Departments may request one six-month extension to spend any unused funds. Unexpended funds must be returned to the Department of Fire Services unless an extension has been granted or by June 30, 2014 with one.
Public Education Events
Senior SAFE In-Service Training
The Public Education Unit is providing workshops around the state on the NFPA’s Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.
YouTube™ Burn Awareness Video Contest for High School Students
The awards ceremony for the contest originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day has been rescheduled for March 20, 2014 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.
Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Training Course
Public Fire and Life Safety Educator (PFALSE) Course
The MFA will be offering the PFALSE class at the Holyoke Fire Department March 6-7, 13-14 & 20, 2014.
20th Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference
SAVE THE DATE! September 29-30, 2014 Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Our 20th annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference information will be published soon. Stay tuned!
Fire Prevention Week – October 5 – 11, 2014
For more information, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.