The following is a press release from State Sen. Rush's office:
Representative John Rogers and Senator Michael F. Rush are pleased to announce that Norwood has been awarded $5,225 in grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program for the 2013 fiscal year. The funding will be used to implement fire safety education programs in the Norwood Public Schools.
“It is important to educate children on Fire Safety Awareness and Prevention, funding for these programs are extremely beneficial inside and outside of the classroom,” said Senator Mike Rush.
“Keeping our school children safe is of paramount concern and I am happy this money helps our local public safety and education professionals to do just that.” said Representative John Rogers.
The S.A.F.E. Program seeks to educate students on the dangers of fire by providing local fire departments with resources to hold fire and life safety education programs in local schools. Firefighters are trained as educators and work closely with classroom teachers and health educators to provide age-appropriate fire safety lessons to students.
In conjunction with other fire education and prevention programs, the S.A.F.E. Program has led to a decrease of 70 percent in child fire deaths from an average of 18 per year to 5 per year.
Please contact the office of Senator Rush with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1348 or Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org.