Public Education in the classroom

Fire and Life Safety Education is critical in Massachusetts. Over the past 22 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. For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.


Bridging the Gap

Public Education Conference 2017
September 26 and 27
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

Bridging the Gap

Join us for the 23rd Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Bridging the Gap, Fire Safety for All Ages. The Massachusetts fire service has highly effective fire and life safety education programs for older adults and for school children. This conference will help educators to bridge the gap and promote fire safety to those groups, and to those in between. Bridging the Gap will include programs for new fire and life safety educators, workshops to challenge experienced educators, and workshops that teach new ways to develop partnerships, collaborate, and expand program management skills. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, senior agency professionals, EMT’s, school safety officers, other injury prevention professionals and police are encouraged to join us. For more information please email Include “conference” in the subject line of your email. Look for registration brochures in June.

Nominations for the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award

Nominations pdf format of 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form
are now being accepted for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award. The award recognizes individuals or teams for their commitment to making our world safer from fire and other preventable injuries. We are looking for people who make a difference and who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, creativity, vision and perseverance. Do you know someone who has made a difference and deserves to be recognized? Let us know and why. 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form  pdf format of 2017 Life Fire Safety Nomination Form

Grant News

FY’17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Award


The Department of Fire Services is pleased to announce the FY ’17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE grants awards. Two hundred and thirty-four fire departments will receive S.A.F.E. grants to work with classroom teachers to deliver fire and life safety lessons. Two hundred and twenty fire departments will also receive Senior SAFE grants to work with older adults on fire and life safety. This is the 22nd year of the school-based S.A.F.E. Program and the fourth of the Senior SAFE Program.

FY’17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Awards pdf format of FY’17 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Awards

Fiscal Year 2016 Year End Report
The Fiscal Year 2016 Year End Report docx format of Fiscal Year 2016 Year End Report
is now available. It is also available in word Fiscal Year 2016 Year End Report doc format of 2016 EOY Report
. This report is due by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2017. If funds have not been spent please fill out an extension form. Those funds must be spent by June 30, 2017. If not, you must return any unspent funds to the Department of Fire Services.

For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388.

Grant News
DFS SAFE 2014 Annual Report

FY 2014 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Annual Report pdf format of DFS SAFE 2014 Annual Report
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What happened in the Commonwealth’s S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs in 2014? This report includes exciting results from the first year of Senior SAFE. It also focuses on evaluation results from our 3rd and 6th grade evaluation tools. These tools allow us to prove that students are learning what we think we are teaching, and to know where there is room for improvement. Massachusetts may well be the only state in the nation that is conducting this sort of rigorous, consistent evaluation of its public fire education.



2016-2017 Schedule for the Public Fire and Life Safety Education Class
The schedule for the 2016-2017 Public Fire and Life Safety Education program is as follows:

January 24, 26, 31,

February 2, 9, 2017

Ware Fire Department

200 West Street

Ware, MA 01082

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

March 21, 23, 28, 30,

April 6, 2017

Foxborough Fire and Rescue

8 Chestnut Street

Foxborough, MA 02035

8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

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. Registration for PF&LSE is a priority selection.

2015-16 YouTube™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest Winners Announced


The state Department of Fire Services in conjunction with the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE) and the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) announced the winner’s of this year’s YouTubeTM High School Burn Awareness Video Contest were teams of students from Millis, Ayer-Shirley and Sharon High Schools. Congratulations to all the participants and winners. Watch these creative videos made by Massachusetts high school students.


Get Fired Up About Grilling Fire Safety

State Fire Marshal Offers Safety Tips


“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.”  Read the 2017 Grilling Safety Press Release. Download the Grilling Safety FireFactor pdf format of Grilling Safety Flyer
a 1-page educational handout.