Local Fire Departments Awarded State Grants for Fire Education

SANDWICH –The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has awarded over $31,000 in grants to fire departments in Barnstable, Bourne, Plymouth and Sandwich.

The money is expected to support a range of fire safety efforts that will benefit local residents.

“Fire safety education saves lives at a nominal cost,” said Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt. “Teaching children, young adults, and seniors about the basics such as stop, drop, and roll; how to report fires and emergencies; and how to make and practice home escape plans pay off. These measures help our dedicated and hardworking firefighters make our communities safer.”

Plymouth received the most money with more than $10,000, Bourne and Sandwich received $7,300 and Barnstable got nearly $7,000.

Since the S.A.F.E. program debuted in 1995, the average number of fire deaths of children has fallen 70 percent.

Following the success of the S.A.F.E program, Senior S.A.F.E was established three years ago to offer funds to local communities in support of senior fire prevention training.

According to the commonwealth’s Department of Fire Services, seniors are the most vulnerable of populations at risk of fire related deaths.

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