The credibility of the S.A.F.E. Program rests on properly trained firefighters. The high quality of the fire and life safety education specialist is the foundation of the S.A.F.E. Program. The fire educator's enthusiasm and commitment to the S.A.F.E. Program and its students are critical. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy offers a variety of training programs for fire educators, including a week long class Public Fire and Life Safety Educator that is based on the standard set out in the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 1035 Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator.

S.A.F.E In-Service Training
Shifting Gears: Reaching our Older Adults
The S.A.F.E. Program will be hosting 5 workshops titled Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. These train-the-trainer workshops are designed for firefighters and their senior partnering agencies. Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. The Remembering WhenTM curriculum is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire and eight fall prevention - developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition including the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others. Coalition members can decide how to best approach the local senior population: through group presentations, during home visits, and/or as part of a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program. Participants will review the updated curriculum, practice using the activities, and plan for implementation. This workshop is a great resource for local Senior SAFE programs. 

Please select a date below and email either Cynthia Ouellette cynthia.ouellette@state.ma.us, David DeMarco david.demarco@state.ma.us, Tim Howe timothy.howe@state.ma.us or Brian Joyce brian.joyce@state.ma.us to register. You can also call us at (978) 567-3388 to sign up for class.

 

February 24
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
1 State Road, the Link
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

February 27
Pepperell Senior Center
37 Nashua Road, Pepperell
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

March 1
Palmer Public Library
1455 North Main Street, Palmer
10:00a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

April 9
Bourne Veterans Community Center
239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

May 19
Wakefield Public Safety Building
One Union Street, Wakefield
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Course - Public and Life Safety Educator (PFALSE) will next be offered at the Holyoke Fire Department on March 6-7, 13-14, & 20, 2014. It is a 5-day program 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; 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.

Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference
SAVE THE DATE!  September 29-30, 2014. Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center.

Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer Training - The DFS Sprinkler Orientation Training program is designed to familiarize fire departments with the Department of Fire Service’s Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer / Fire Safety House. Upon completion of this program, students will understand the value of residential sprinklers and their role in helping to keep firefighters and civilians safe. Students, through hands-on participation, will also become familiarized with the setup and operation of the Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer. NOTE: This training is required before a fire department can use the Department of Fire Services sprinkler demonstration trailer and training will include live fire demonstrations.

Public Educator Certification
Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I Certification Examination Schedule Now Available - The latest edition of the Public and Life Safety Educator I Examination schedule has been posted on the web. All who qualify are encouraged to pursue the opportunity to become Public and Life Safety Educators. Click here for the examination schedule, application and overview form and skill sheet.

Certification is a credential that provides the Fire and Life Safety Educator greater credibility with our school partners. It demonstrates that an individual is a serious professional that has studied, practiced and met certain standards. We hope folks will pursue this certification.