For Immediate Release: Chief Jen Collins-Brown is pleased to announce that the Topsfield Fire Department received notice this week that the department has been awarded the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) New England Chapter Fire Service Grant.
The mission of the New England Chapter of SFPE is to advance the art and science of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members, and to foster fire protection engineering education. Over the past 40 years of Chapter activity, these objectives have been met in many ways. The Chapter has provided a respectable service to professionals and students in the New England fire protection community. Although the accomplishments are too numerous to list here, a few are highlighted.
Created in 2017, the goal of the Fire Service Grant Program is to advance the use of science and technology by fire departments in the New England region for use in and community education of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts.
Applicants must be a governmental unit of a city, town, county, state, commonwealth or fire district in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) that supports fire prevention and funds must be used for public purposes.
Past funding has been awarded for:
· Tablets for pre-fire planning
· School education programs
· Arson investigation kits
· Cameras for the filming of training and arson investigation
Donations from our sponsors and attendance at our monthly dinner meetings and annual seminar, allows the New England Chapter to award $4,000 to 8,000 annually, with individual awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
The Topsfield Fire Department was awarded $3,880 for the purchase of a Hazard House Hazard Kitchen (pictured). This prop, once set up acts as a life-sized stove top and counter top. Realistic special effects, such as simulated red-hot electrical element, burning pot, octopus plug, and toaster will help us teach high-risk groups such as seniors and children how to prevent fires in the kitchen. It will allow us to simulate dangerous conditions such as trying to carry the pot outside without using actual heat and flame. It is a mobile prop which would allow us to go to the senior housing complexes as well as the schools. It will be an excellent adjunct to our existing program. “We are grateful, as a small department, for the opportunity provided by the New England Chapter of the SFPE to add to our fire prevention programming. We are always looking for creative funding solutions to enhance our life saving community education, “ stated Chief Jen Collins-Brown