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 Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) and Senior SAFE programs focus on educating vulnerable citizens about fire and life safety.
Lieutenant Justin Goldberg and Firefighter Morgan Genatossio - SAFE Coordinators
The Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Program is a state initiative to provide resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K through 12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically the fire hazards tobacco products pose.
Senior SAFE Program
Firefighter John Hussey - Senior SAFE Coordinator
In Massachusetts, adults aged 65 and older are two times more likely to die in fires than any other age group. The Senior SAFE grant program was created to address fire safety for older adults. The program was approved by the Massachusetts State Legislature and is funded through the Fire Standard Compliant (FSC) Cigarette program. It provides funding to local fire departments to improve fire and life safety of older adults through education that addresses the unique fire risks of this age group.