2017-02-02 / Regional News

Wachusett area fire departments receive state S.A.F.E. grants

Fire departments in the Wachusett region towns are among more than 200 that were recently awarded public fire education grants. The Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland and Sterling Fire Departments will receive Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program grants to work with classroom teachers to deliver fire and life safety lessons, as well as funds for the Senior SAFE program to work with older adults on fire and life safety.

“The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs are having a huge impact on the fire and life safety of our most vulnerable populations – children and elders,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “The fire departments engaged in these public education programs are increasing the safety of the people in their communities.”

Funding for area departments includes: Holden — $4,540 S.A.F.E. grant and $2,796 Senior S.A.F.E. grant; Paxton — $3,063 S.A.F.E. grant and $2,295 Senior S.A.F.E. grant; Princeton — $3,063 S.A.F.E. grant and $2,295 Senior S.A.F.E. grant; Rutland — $3,951 S.A.F.E grant and $2,596 Senior S.A.F.E. grant; Sterling — $3,951 S.A.F.E. grant and $2,596 Senior S.A.F.E. grant.

The S.A.F.E. Program provides $1.25M through the Executive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The Senior SAFE program provides $600,000 in grant funds from fees paid by tobacco companies to the Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program to ensure their products meet the fire safety requirements to be sold in Massachusetts. The programs are administered by the state Department of Fire Services.

The average number of children who die in fires each year in Massachusetts has dropped by over 70 percent. The S.A.F.E. Program allows trained firefightereducators to work with teachers to deliver age-appropriate fire and life safety lessons that also meet the requirements of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Health Curriculum Frameworks.

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