Lancaster, Sterling and West Boylston receive fire education grants
STOW – A total of 234 municipal fire departments will receive $1.8 million in grants to support fire education programs for children and seniors in Massachusetts.
They include Lancaster, Sterling and West Boylston.
Fire departments in 227 communities will receive Student Fire Education (SAFE) Outreach Grants and SAFE Grants for Seniors; a community will receive a SAFE grant only; and six communities will receive Senior SAFE grants only.
“The Department of Fire Services’ SAFE Grant Program continues to make effective fire safety training available to hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts children,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “Thanks in part to these grants, Massachusetts has raised a generation of families safe from fires and we are pleased to continue those efforts with today’s awards.”
The average number of children who die each year in fires has fallen by 78% since the launch of the SAFE program – a drop nearly 30% greater than the overall drop in fire deaths. In light of this success, the Department of Fire Services launched the Senior SAFE program to provide firefighters with funding to provide fire safety training to seniors, who are at a disproportionate risk of dying in a fire.
“For eight years, the Senior SAFE grant program has helped provide seniors with home visits, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installations, and fire safety presentations led by firefighters and service providers. services,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said. “These grants help keep seniors safe at home.”
The Lancaster Fire Department will receive $4,575 for one or two visits teaching fire safety to all second graders and $2,855 for senior center presentations and home visits with alarm installations smoke / CO.
The Sterling Fire Department will receive $4,575 for teaching various fire safety topics to K-12 students and $2,855 for smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installations, presentation of the center for the elderly and the installation of safes.
The West Boylston Fire Department will receive $4,575 for teaching K-3 fire safety information and $2,855 for installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, presenting of the center for the elderly and the installation of safes.
“Fire departments that deliver these safety messages reduce the risk of fire, injury and tragedy in cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “No children have died in a fire in Massachusetts since March 2019, and fire deaths overall continue to decline. Programs like SAFE and Senior SAFE are among the reasons Massachusetts is one of the safest states from fires in the nation.