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.
The New England National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Education Network representatives are hosting a 2-day training on the NFPA’s Remembering When ™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults on March 30-31, 2015 at the New Hampshire Fire Academy, Concord, NH. Fire departments and partnering agencies are invited to submit applications by February 13, 2015. This is a perfect opportunity for Senior SAFE programs here in Massachusetts to get additional training and teaching skills. All training materials, lunches, and breaks are included; travel and lodging are not.
The next Public Fire & Life Safety Educator course, will be held in Devens at the Devens Community Center, 100 Sherman Avenue, Devens on March 19, 20, 26, 27, and April 2. 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; 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.