Woburn awarded $9,800 in Students Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) and Senior SAFE Grants

BOSTON – Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) is pleased to announce that the Woburn Fire Department (WFD), thanks to WFD’s efforts, has been awarded a $7,200 FY24 Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Grant and a $2,600 Senior SAFE Grant, totaling $9,800, from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS’s) Department of Fire Services (DFS). The Woburn Fire Department was one of 214 municipal fire departments across the Commonwealth to receive funding as part of the grant programs allocation of over $1.6 million. These competitive grants support fire and life safety education for school-age children and older adults.

“I want to congratulate the Woburn Fire Department for securing the grant awards,” said Representative Haggerty. “The SAFE grant program has a long-standing history of providing critical support to our local fire departments, enabling them to deliver life-saving education to our communities. This funding plays a vital role in promoting fire safety and prevention initiatives, specifically designed for school-age children and older adults, ensuring that our most vulnerable residents have access to the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe.”

Since 1995, the Department of Fire Services’ Student Awareness of Fire Education grant program has supported firefighter-educators in delivering age-appropriate fire safety education to children and teens throughout Massachusetts. In that time, the number of child fatalities due to fires has decreased to historically low levels, from two dozen or more annually to nearly zero for three consecutive years.

In 2014, DFS launched the Senior SAFE program, which is geared toward another vulnerable population – older adults, who face a disproportionate risk of death or serious injury in a fire.

The S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs are funded through legislative earmarks to the Executive Office of the Public Safety & Security, and they are administered by the Department of Fire Services.