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.
Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Course - Public and Life Safety Educator (PFALSE) will next be offered in the fall. Look for dates soon. 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.
Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference
September 29-30, 2014. Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center.
The Department of Fire Services is pleased to present the registration brochure for this year’s Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference being held at the Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center on September 29 and 30. The theme for this two-decade anniversary conference is: Destination SAFE! Fire & Life Safety Education for All Ages. Classroom teachers, nurses, firefighters, school resource officers, people who work with older adults and injury prevention experts will gather at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center for two days of training and skill development in 30 workshops and four general sessions.
Our keynote this year is Leslie Gaydos, news anchor and reporter for NECN. In October 2009, Gaydos and a team from NECN won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for The Forgotten Fire, a half-hour documentary that she wrote and co-produced in 2008. The documentary shed light on extensive code violations in a Massachusetts office building where five people were killed trying to escape a fire in 2000. The Forgotten Fire was credited with helping to pass stalled legislation in Massachusetts that closed a loophole in state sprinkler laws and regulations
Our General Session speaker is Jim Crawford of Vision 20/20 who will review smoke alarm information and will also lead a workshop on Vision 20/20. Ann L. Hartstein, Secretary of Elder Affairs will speak on Monday after lunch, and Dr. Matthew Malone, Secretary of Education will speak on Tuesday.
Please join us for one or both days of the conference. If you have any questions, email Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Conference” in the subject line, or call 978-567-3381. The deadline for registration is September 12, 2014.
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.