Northborough receives state grant for Senior S.A.F.E. program


Northborough receives state grant for Senior S.A.F.E. program
Northborough Fire Department Engine 1

Northborough –  State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Northborough Fire Chief David Parenti recently announced that the Northborough Fire Department has been awarded $6,313 for the FY ’20 Senior S.A.F.E. program by the state Department of Fire Services.

According to a press release from Ostroskey’s office, the S.A.F.E. Program was expanded to offer funds to local communities in support of senior fire prevention training. 

“The Senior S.A.F.E. program will help us work with the seniors in our community who are most at risk of dying in a fire,” said Parenti. “Seniors are the age group most at risk of dying in a fire. This program educates seniors on fire prevention, general home safety and how to be better prepared in the event of a fire. We are partnering with the Northborough Senior Center to provide fire safety information and install smoke alarms, replace batteries, and conduct in-home fire safety checks, he added. 

The S.A.F.E. Program provides $1.2 million through the Executive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The program provides $600,000 in grant funds from fees paid by tobacco companies to the Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program to ensure their products meet the fire safety requirements to be sold in Massachusetts. The programs are administered by the state’s Department of Fire Services. Key to both programs is specially trained fire educators to work with classroom teachers and seniors to deliver age-appropriate lessons on fire and life safety. 

The key fire and life safety behaviors in the school-based program meet both the requirements of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Health Curriculum Frameworks and the state Department of Fire Services Curriculum Planning Guidebook. 

Ostroskey said, “This is the 25th year of the S.A.F.E. Program in Massachusetts and we are truly reaching our goal of raising a fire-safe generation of children.” 

The average number of children who die in fires each year in Massachusetts has dropped 76 percent since the program started compared to a similar timeframe before it started.

 Ostroskey added, “Since consistent comprehensive fire education is the one thing we are doing for children that we are not doing for every other age group, I think it’s fair to say we are proving fire education works.”

 He added, “We hope to have the same success with the Senior SAFE Program in reducing deaths and injuries to older adults.” 

For more information about the Student Awareness of Fire Education or Senior SAFE Programs call Captain Dan Brillhart at 508-393-1537 or visit

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