Fire & Life Safety Education Outreach
|SAFE - STUDENT AWARENESS OF FIRE EDUCATION
The Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Program is a state initiative to provide resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12.
Annually, the Greenfield Fire Department SAFE educators bring age-appropriate lessons to classrooms of both public and private schools. The main topics depend on the age group but start with EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home). Other topics include:
- calling 911 - when and why,
- meeting places during emergency,
- get out and stay out,
- having and maintaining smoke detectors,
- matches and lighter safety,
- fire and health risks associated with smoking,
- and making home fire escape plans.
The Greenfield Fire Department also conducts presentations for after-school programs, daycare providers, and at safety fairs and fire station tours.
If you have any questions regarding our SAFE programs or would like to set up a visit, contact Greenfield Fire Headquarters at 413-774-4323, ext. 1114.You can also find information on fire & life safety at the Massachusetts Dept. of Fire Services.
Fire safety information and activities geared specifically for kids can be found here.
Our SAFE program also helps educate seniors and assist them with being fire-safe. With Senior SAFE grant money and assistance from the Greenfield Council on Aging, we are able to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
In addition our educators visit nursing homes, senior living housing and the Greenfield Senior Center.
|Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation Program
The Greenfield Fire Department, with assistance from the Greenfield Council on Aging, is able to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors thanks to Massachusetts Senior SAFE grant funding. Appointments are made and detectors will be installed for seniors, while funding lasts.
Please call 413-774-4737, ext. 1114 or 1107, to see if you qualify and to set up your appointment today.
JUVENILE FIRE SETTERS
Between 2014 and 2018, there were 428 juvenile-set fires in Massachusetts that caused four civilian deaths, twenty civilian, and nine firefighter injuries and an estimated loss of $5.7 million dollars. Fifty-one percent (51%) of these fires were started by children using matches and lighters.
From 2011-2020 there were 956 juvenile- and youth-set fires reported in Massachusetts, about half of which started with matches and lighters. In 2020 alone, juveniles misusing fire caused 86 reported fire incidents, one civilian injury, four fire service injuries, and an estimated dollar loss of $1.9 million. The average dollar loss per fire was $22,140. These fires increased by 25% from 2019.
Juvenile firesetters do not grow out of firesetting. They will continue to set fires until they receive appropriate intervention. Adults can help young firesetters by reacting quickly and appropriately to every fire. The Greenfield Fire Department can refer people to the NoFIRES program.
If you have any questions regarding this program, contact Greenfield Fire Headquarters at 413-774-4323 and ask for the Fire Prevention Division.