The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program provides grants to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in schools. The program teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire and the fire hazards of tobacco products through 23 key fire safety behaviors taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Fire and life safety is easy to combine with math, science, language arts and health or physical education lessons, making it easy to collaborate with school teachers. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in Massachusetts.
S.A.F.E. is one of two fire and life safety education grant programs available to Massachusetts fire departments. The second program is Senior SAFE, which aims to reduce older adult fire deaths through fire and life safety education.
FY2021 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grants
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is pleased to announce that the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2021 are now available. The deadline for submission is no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 27, 2020. A PowerPoint has been developed to assist in the writing of these grants. For further information please call the Public Education Department at (978) 567-3388. You can apply for the grants either by mail or online. A grant writing instructional powerpoint is also available to review.
Use the fillable form to submit on line. Your other options include the application in Word or PDF.
FY' 21 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grant Application Fillable form.
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FY20 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Year-End Reports
As part of the contract for S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE, fire departments agree to submit the year-end reports by the due date. Your FY21 application will be considered incomplete if any year-end reports are outstanding.
The FY20 Year End Report is due January 31, 2021.
The fire department must also report all its fire incidents through June 30, 2020 before grant funds will be released.
SAFE Teaching Tools
We have a guide to all the tools you need to teaching S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE and to running your grant program. The Guide includes:
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Fire Safety Houses
S.A.F.E. provides one fire safety house for each of the 15 fire mobilization districts in Massachusetts. Fire safety houses are mobile educational tools for teaching fire prevention. Educators use the house to show specific fire safety behaviors. Children then use the house to practice the behaviors. For example, children can practice escaping from a bedroom window through “pretend” smoke. The fun exercises in a fire safety house can prepare children to react safely in an emergency. To use a fire safety house, call the contact person for your region. Fire Safety Houses by District.