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 cynthia.ouellette@state.ma.us.  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

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

May is Electrical Safety Month
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“May is Electrical Safety Month. Take a few minutes to look around for electrical hazards in your home and correct them,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Items such as electrical cords under rugs or pinched behind furniture, overloaded outlets, and laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas can expose you and your family to fire,” he added. Read the full Electrical Safety Month press release.

         

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 Hanover at the Hanover Town Hall, 550 Hanover St., Hanover, on March 22, 24, 29, 31 and April 7. 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.


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

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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.