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Senator Spilka Announces S.A.F.E. Grants for Four Communities

January 17, 2013

Senator Karen Spilka is pleased to announce that four communities in her district will receive grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program, to help educate students in the community about fire prevention and safety.

“The S.A.F.E program is a great way to increase fire education and allows local fire departments to show our students how to prevent fires and what they should do in an emergency,” said Senator Spilka. “This grant will help ensure our students have the skills they need to be safe and prepared in their everyday lives. I am pleased that the towns in my district that applied for funding have been awarded grants through this invaluable program.”

S.A.F.E grants are distributed each year through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Department of Fire Services. Below is the list of communities in Spilka’s district that will receive grants through the program for fiscal year 2013:

  • Town of Ashland – $3,725
  • Town of Framingham – $7,625
  • Town of Franklin – $6,325
  • Town of Natick – $6,325

The mission of the S.A.F.E. program is to provide students with the information needed to recognize the dangers of fire, including the fire hazards that smoking-related materials pose. The grants give local fire departments the resources so that firefighters can provide fire and life safety programs to students. Firefighters are trained as educators and work closely with classroom teachers and health educators to provide age-appropriate fire safety lessons to children.

In combination with other fire education and prevention initiatives, the S.A.F.E. Program has led to a 70% decrease in child fire deaths – from an average of 18 per year to 5 per year since it began in 1995. In addition, Massachusetts has documented 259 Young Heroes, children who utilized the lessons learned in fire and life safety education classes during real emergencies.

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