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.
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.
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
Lawrence Fire Department
Student SAFE: $7,237; Senior SAFE: $3,315