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PRESS RELEASE - Downing Announces $14K in S.A.F.E. Grants to Promote Student Awareness of Fire Safety
November 23, 2009

BOSTON - State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Department of Fire Services have awarded $14,748 in Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program grant funds to nine communities throughout his Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Senate District.
 
“S.A.F.E. programming ensures our students are alert and aware in situations involving fire,” said Downing. “I am pleased the public safety agencies were able to continue proven fire education programs like S.A.F.E. and maintain ties between local schools and fire departments during these difficult economic times.”
 
The S.A.F.E. program was established in Fiscal Year 1996 to educate students about the fire and health hazards of smoking-related materials. The S.A.F.E. program is school-based, however funds can be used to implement community fire and life safety education programs outside of school buildings. S.A.F.E. is implemented by firefighters who have special training in teaching fire and life safety.
 
S.A.F.E. educators serve as role models for impressionable youth while providing students with firsthand knowledge of the dangers associated with fire, age-appropriate information on preventing and surviving those fires that occur, and through a core school-based program, to effect a change in the behavior and the safety of the community at large.  The S.A.F.E. Program is designed to create a partnership between the school and fire departments.
 
Local Fiscal Year 2010 S.A.F.E. Grant Recipients include:
 
Community
Award Amount
Ashfield
$1,492
Cheshire
$1,492
Chesterfield
$1,492
Cummington
$1,492
Goshen
$1,492
Lanesborough
$1,492
North Adams
$1,912
Pittsfield
$2,992
Westhampton
$892
Total:
$14,748
 
 
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