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. and Senior SAFE grantwriting bootcamp – this two-part session will provide attendees with the information they need to write a successful grant. All aspects of the grant writing process will be introduced. In addition, this second part of this workshop will serve as an opportunity to discuss activities and ideas to assist those who have Senior SAFE grants and who may need strategies to help educate the older adults in their community. Except for the Great Barrington workshop, which will cover only the grantwriting session, all other workshops are 5 hours.

July 17: DFS – Stow, MA 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

July 24: Andover Public Safety Building – Andover, MA 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

July 28: Carver Fire Department – Carver, MA 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

July 30: Great Barrington Fire Department – Great Barrington, MA 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

For more information call Cynthia Ouellette at 978-567-3381 or email cynthia.ouellette@state.ma.us

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
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.

Directions for reserving the trailer, emergency contacts and lesson plans are now available. pdf format of Directions for reserving the trailer, emergency cont...

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.