Massachusetts towns Amesbury, Salisbury and Georgetown were recently among the 253 fire departments across the state that were awarded public fire education grants.
These three departments, and the other 250, will receive Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program grants, which will allow them to work with classroom teachers in order top deliver fire and life safety lessons.
Salisbury and Georgetown firefighters will be picking up $3,708 in grant money each, while the Amesbury Fire Department received $4,308.
Amesbury and Georgetown in particular were among 238 fire departments who picked up a Senior SAFE program grant, which enables them to work with older adults on fire and life safety. For this, Amesbury received $2,615, while Georgetown picked up $2,415.
The SAFE program provides $1.2m through the Executive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The Senior SAFE program meanwhile, provides $600,000 in grant funds which is generated from fees paid by tobacco companies to the Fire Standard Complaint Cigarette Program.
This is to ensure that their products meet every requirement listed on the fire safety requirements list for Massachusetts, and these programs are administered by the state Department of Fire Services.
“The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs are having a great impact on the fire and life safety of our most vulnerable populations – children and elders. The fire departments being supported in these public education efforts are increasing the safety of the people in their communities,” State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said.