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.
The Department of Fire Services is proud to announce the application for the Student Awareness of Fire Education grant program and the new Senior SAFE grant program is now available. 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. Applications are due at the Department of Fire Services by 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2013.
Public Education Events
Public Fire & Life Safety Education Conference
The 19th annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference will be September 25 -26, 2013 at the Westford Regency Inn. On September 25, the keynote speaker will be Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, ret. from both Hartford, CT and Fort Worth, TX. Chief Freeman is a member of Vision 20/20 and a strong advocate for the role public education plays in a community risk reduction strategy. There will be many workshops and a general session focusing on senior fire and life safety to support the new Senior SAFE Program. The 2013 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award will be presented on September 26. Nominations are due August 30, 2013 and can be made by anyone.
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 Norwell Fire Department November 7-8, 14-15 & 2013.
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week - October 6-12, 2013
October 6-12, 2013 is Fire Prevention Week . This year’s theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires. Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire injuries in the home. For more information, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
No one thinks fire will happen to them, yet according to data from the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS), there are tens of thousands of fires in Massachusetts every year. That’s why it is so important to practice good fire safety by staying in the kitchen when cooking, not overloaded electrical outlets and taking care of our heating systems. It’s also important to be prepared by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which give us time to escape, and to make and practice a home escape plan, so everyone will know what to do in an emergency.