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  • 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.

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Winter is upon us and the Department of Fire Services has resources to help with winter fire prevention information.

Our Keep Warm Keep Safe campaign and tool kit is designed for fire departments to reach out to their communities.

Here in New England, ice and cold water safety pdf format of ice_safety_trifold_english.pdf
is an important issue each winter when too many residents are injured from exposure to cold water.             

Burn Awareness Week is Feb. 1-7, 2016: Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire
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National Burn Awareness Week is February 1-7, 2016. DFS has resources for fire and life safety educators to teach burn safety messages and for the public on how to prevent these painful injuries. We traditionally associate burns with fire, but hot liquid scalds to children under 5 is the leading burn problem in the state.



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, 23, 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.
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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 Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric.

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.