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Massachusetts Public Education Conference on Fire and Life Safety

DFS presents an annual conference that brings fire and life safety educators together to re-connect with colleagues, learn new skills and refresh old skills.
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The 26th Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference: Taking a Mulligan - Getting Back in the Swing was a success. Nearly 300 fire and life safety educators and others gathered on September 22 and 23, 2021 at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis, MA.

Since the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) began in 1995, average child fire deaths have declined by 79%. Fire safety education is an important factor in that decline!

The Public Education Conference always includes:

  • programs for new fire and life safety educators and fire prevention officers,
  • programs to challenge experienced educators,
  • workshops that teach how to develop partnerships, collaborate, and expand programs. 

The conference is an opportunity for:

  • Fire educators
  • Prevention officers 
  • EMTs
  • Teachers
  • Older adult care specialists
  • Nurses 
  • School leaders
  • Police
  • Fire officers

Conference 2022

For more information on future conferences, email Include “conference” in the subject line of your email. 

 2021 Educator of the Year Award

Captain James Brooks of the Danvers Fire Department received the 2021 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award. Throughout 2020, Captain Brooks worked with the Danvers IT Department and school system to deliver the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E) program to students, overcoming the challenges of remote education during the pandemic. During his time as the Danvers Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Officer, he elevated the quality of his Department’s fire prevention programming, and has been training his successor in advance of his retirement next year.

The other distinguished nominees for the award were:

  • Firefighter Douglas Bocash, Weymouth Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Sean Mitchell, Nantucket Fire Department
  • Firefighter Brendan Palumbo, Shrewsbury Fire Department
Captain James Brooks, winner of the 2021 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey (left) presented the 2021 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award to Danvers Fire Captain James Brooks (third from left). With him are Danvers Fire Chief Robert Amerault, Danvers Deputy Chief Brian Barry, Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier, and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Chief Michael Winn, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts.

For more photos from the conference, visit the DFS Facebook page.