The following represents the core mission of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services' Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program.
Purpose of the Program
The S.A.F.E. program is a fire prevention education program designed to equip elementary, intermediate, and high school students with skills for recognizing the dangers of fire, specifically, the fire hazards smoking-related materials pose. The program utilizes specially trained firefighters to teach fire and life safety education. Many of the firefighters are trained emergency medical technicians that have seen the catastrophic health effects of smoking-induced illnesses.
The S.A.F.E. educator serves as a role model for impressionable youths while providing students with firsthand knowledge of the dangers associated with fire, smoking-related materials, and the harmful effects of smoking-induced illnesses. The S.A.F.E. educator will play a significant role with regards to the prevention of fire through such efforts as broadening public awareness of fire hazards and the enforcement of state laws, including those that regulate the use, sale, and storage of smoking-related materials.