Tewksbury Fire Department Lands $8,000 S.A.F.E. Grant
Dec 29, 2014 08:30AM
● By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Fire Department
Both Tewksbury and Wilmington Fire Departments are set to receive $8,000 grants to promote fire safety to the young and elderly.
The grants are funded through a program funded by the Massachusetts Legislature, and the Office of Public Safety and Security.
The Student Awareness of Fire Education program, otherwise known as the SAFE program, plays an important part in teaching awareness and respect to children regarding fire, fire departments and personnel, and other emergency services. Started 25 years ago, the SAFE program has become an outstanding success and has heavily contributed to a 72% reduction in annual child fire-related deaths in Massachusetts.
In addition to childhood education, funds from the program are also used to help ensure the homes of senior citizens and other vulnerable populations stay up to date with fire prevention coding and detectors.
“This is a tremendously successful program," said state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington. “Not only does it help teach children to be safe and mindful of the dangers of fire, but it also helps protect all residents by teaching disaster planning, evacuation routes in case of a fire, and other helpful tips that may one day save lives. I know the outstanding fire departments in each town will make great use of these funds to educate us and our children, and I will continue to support such programs.”