For Immediate Release: Chief of the Department Jen Collins-Brown is pleased to announce the successful application and awarding of to separate grants to for safety and fire education. The Chief recieved notice from the office of Governor Charles D. Baker last week, that the Topsfield Fire Department had been awarded $3,754.00 for Student Awareness of Fire Education also known as SAFE, and $2,400.00 for Senior SAFE funding. The SAFE and Senior SAFE programs are intended to allocate funding for fire departments to go out into the community they serve and educate and prevent fires and injuries. The SAFE program focuses on fire and life safety education for children in schools, where Senior SAFE focuses on fire and injury prevention for the elderly. When the SAFE program began in 1996, it was not uncommon for dozens of children to be injured and killed each year by fires in the Commonwealth. Since the SAFE program’s implication, that number has steadily dropped to almost 0 for the last few years. The SAFE program in conjunction with more aggressive fire safety and building codes as well as advances in smoke and fire detection and suppression systems have dropped the amount of fire deaths in the state from 53 between 1991 and 1995 to 25 between 2012 and 2016 (NFPA). The Senior SAFE program assists senior citizens with similar education as well as funding safety items TFD has handed out free of charge in the past like oven mitts to prevent burns, fire extinguishers for the home, and pill organizing boxes to keep track of medications so as not to lose track and take too much or too little. TFD thanks the Governor for continuing this program that has had such a meaningful impact on the safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth, we are eager to put the funding to good use in the schools and the rest of the community.
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