PLYMOUTH — Chief Edward Bradley is pleased to announce that the Plymouth Fire Department has been awarded $7,680 for the Fiscal Year 2021 Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program and $3,019 for the Senior SAFE Program by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
The Plymouth Fire Department will use the grant money to continue the department’s fire education and prevention program in the schools as well as within the senior community.
“These awards are extremely important this year due to the pandemic and the inability to meet face-to-face with our students and seniors,” Chief Bradley said. “The Plymouth Fire Department looks forward to continuing to provide these program to keep residents safe and educated even during the pandemic.”
Funding for the programs allows for specially trained fire educators to work with classroom teachers and seniors to deliver age-appropriate lessons on fire and life safety. The key fire and life safety behaviors in the school-based program meet both the requirements of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Health Curriculum Frameworks and the state Department of Fire Services Curriculum Planning Guidebook.
The average number of children who die in fires each year in Massachusetts has dropped 78% since the program started compared to a similar time frame before it started, according to the state’s Department of Fire Services, which administers the two programs.
The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Programs provide $1.9 million through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The programs are administered by the state’s Department of Fire Services.
To learn more about the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services’ SAFE program, click here.