The Auburn Fire Rescue Department Awarded Funding from S.A.F.E Program

by | Feb 22, 2022

Senator Michael Moore and Representative Paul Frost are happy to announce that the Auburn Fire Rescue Department has been awarded funding from the Department of Fire Services as part of the FY22 S.A.F.E and Senior SAFE Grant programs.

“One of our greatest tools for preventing instances of fire tragedies is education, geared towards both younger and older residents,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “Since the inception of both these grant programs, we have seen a significant decrease in fire related deaths across the Commonwealth. With the funds that have now been provided, the Auburn Fire Rescue Department can continue to build on the success brought forward by these grants.”

Representative Frost said, “These fire education and safety awareness grants make a big difference in our communities. Knowing what to do in case of an emergency, or how to detect or prevent one, can save lives even before first responders arrive on the scene.”

Created in 1996, the S.A.F.E grant program provides support to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in local schools. Students are taught how to recognize the dangers of fire, as well as the fire hazards of tobacco products. This is achieved through the teaching of 23 key fire safety behaviors. These lessons can easily be incorporated in other curriculums, such as math, science and language arts, which provides opportunity for collaboration with school teachers. Since the inception of this program, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in the Commonwealth.

The Senior SAFE program also assists local fire departments by supporting their educational efforts towards senior citizens in their communities. These efforts are aimed at providing further fire and life safety awareness to seniors. The Senior SAFE program also aims to improve safety in senior housing. This is achieved through the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, testing and replacing alarm batteries, installing heat limiting devices on stoves, and providing in-hood stove fire extinguishers.

The Auburn Fire Rescue Department has been awarded $5,175 from the S.A.F.E program and $3,055 from the Senior SAFE program.