Marion Fire Department receives grant for education programs
MARION — The Marion Fire Department has been awarded $6,230 in grant funding to support fire safety and education programs for both children and seniors, Fire Chief Brian Jackvony has announced.
The grant from the state Massachusetts Department of Fire Services will support fire prevention and education programs in schools and within Marion's senior community. The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program was awarded $3,675, while the Senior S.A.F.E. program received $2,555.
The funding gives fire departments the opportunity to work directly with students and senior citizens to educate them about fire safety. The safety lessons range from fire and life-safety presentations, and what to do if a fire alarm goes off. Each program is tailored to the common issues of each age group including general fire prevention reminders and safe practices in the home.
The lessons taught in the school-based program are in line with the standards of both the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Health Curriculum Frameworks and the state Department of Fire Services Curriculum Planning Guidebook.
Twenty-six years after the introduction of the S.A.F.E program within schools, the rate of annual child fire deaths have decreased by 78%, according to the state's Department of Fire Services, which created and runs the program.