January 17th 2019 BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D- Millbury) are excited to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has awarded grants to the Town of Grafton for the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE program) and Senior SAFE.
There are two types of SAFE grants: the original SAFE program was established 23 years ago as a state initiative to provide resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12. Their mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire, and more specifically, the fire hazards that tobacco products can pose. The Senior SAFE program was created by the Legislature in the FY’14 budget in order to help local fire departments to support fire and safety education for older adults, who are the most at risk of dying in fires in the Commonwealth.
Since the creation of the SAFE program, the average annual fire deaths for children have been reduced by 72%. The program provides training for children in schools teaching them how to create and practice home escape plans, stop, drop and roll, how to report fires and emergencies and helps reduce a child’s anxiety levels during stressful situations. The Department of Fire Safety hopes to have similar results with the Senior SAFE program by teaching them how to handle situations where oxygen is present and what to look for when one cannot hear a fire alarm.
“SAFE is a shining example of a successful and valuable program that the Commonwealth provides to its citizens,” stated Representative Muradian. “Teaching children, and now seniors, two of our more vulnerable populations, how to handle emergency situations with less anxiety will help keep all members of the community safe. I know that these funds will surely go to good use within our community.”
“The educational opportunities available through this grant funding enhance public safety and are critical to helping reduce local fire-related fatalities,” said Senator Moore. “Congratulations to the community on receiving this grant and I look forward to learning more about the important work being carried out by our first responders to help educate and ensure the safety of local residents.”
Under the FY’19 budget, the Town of Grafton will receive $1,754 for the SAFE Program and $2,600 for the Senior SAFE Program.