Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) are pleased to announce the Town of Auburn has been named a recipient of two grants for fire safety education programs.
The Auburn Fire Rescue Department has been awarded funding in the amount of $5,281 for the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant, which supports local fire departments visiting schools to teach students to recognize and address the dangers of fires. Auburn will also receive $2,680 for the Senior SAFE program, a fire prevention grant designed to improve safety in senior housing by educating older adults on matters such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replacing batteries.
Representative Frost said, “I appreciate what this program does in our local communities to educate the young and old alike on fire safety and helping to save lives and property. Prevention through education whenever possible makes a huge difference as does preparing people what to do in an emergency.”
“Education services on fire prevention for the children and seniors in the Commonwealth is a proven method for ensuring their safety,” said Senator Michael Moore. “The youth and elderly are most at risk of fire related incidents, so this funding is extremely important in providing the training and knowledge that will make sure they are aware of the proper methods when it comes to fire safety.”
Offered through the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the S.A.F.E. program has resulted in a significant reduction of annual child fire deaths since the initiative began in 1996.