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Tewksbury Fire Department Receives $7,754 In SAFE Grants

Jan 20, 2016 09:51AM ● By Bill Gilman

One of the two fire engines purchased by the Tewksbury Fire Department to add to their fleet. Photo courtesy of Tom Cooke.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of state Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover.)

BOSTON – Communities in Sen. Barbara L’Italien’s district have received approximately $35,000 for fire safety and education for children, teens and older adults.

The Tewksbury Fire Department received a Student SAFE grant of $4,837 and a Senior Safe grant of $2,917.

Since the state Legislature began funding Student Awareness and of Fire Educations (S.A.F.E.) programs 21 years ago, annual fire-related child deaths have been reduced by 70 percent, according to State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan’s Office.

More recently the SAFE program was expanded to provide funds to local communities to support fire prevention training for seniors – the most vulnerable population at risk for fire-related deaths. This new program focuses on educating seniors in fire prevention, general home safety and how to be better prepared in case of a fire.

The original school-based SAFE program provides resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically the fire hazards tobacco products pose.

More information on both SAFE programs can be found at and

Special thanks for advocating and administrating this grant program go to Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Public Safety & Security Commissioner Daniel Bennett and State Fire Marshall Coan.

“It’s important to note that these programs would not be possible without the continued efforts of our local fire departments in maintaining the highest level of service and professionalism in their cities and towns,” Sen. L’Italien said.

Tewksbury Fire Department

Student SAFE $4 837; Senior Safe: $2,917

Andover Fire Department

Student SAFE: $5,937; Senior SAFE: $3,115

Dracut Fire Department

StudentSAFE: $4 837; Senior SAFE: $2,917

Lawrence Fire Department

Student SAFE: $7,237; Senior SAFE: $3,315


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