Gloucester Fire and School Departments Launch Community Education Project
Gloucester Fire Chief Eric L. Smith and School Superintendent Richard Safier announced they are teaming up to provide fire safety education to elementary, middle and high school students. Chief Smith said, “In light of the recent tragic fires in Gloucester, we want to educate the students on how to prevent fires and how to survive those that do occur.” He added, “By bringing information home to grown-ups on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and making and practicing home escape plans, we hope to increase the safety of Gloucester’s residents.”
Superintendent Safier said, “This is an excellent partnership as we want students to come to school healthy and ready to learn. Fire safety is part of the objectives of the Health Curriculum. We especially want our high school students to be ready to enter the world of adults able to practice good fire prevention.”
Gloucester firefighters will be delivering age-appropriate presentations in the elementary, middle and high school on key fire prevention and survival topics. It will conclude with every student being asked to develop a home escape plan. The elementary school with the most completed home escape plans will get visit to their school from the Gloucester Fire Department and they may join them for lunch in their cafeteria. At the high school and middle school a raffle will be held for students to win prizes that have been graciously donated by local businesses and dinner with firefighters at the fire house.
In Massachusetts, the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program has been in place for 18 years and in that time the average number of child fire deaths has dropped by 70%. Gloucester has participated in the S.A.F.E. Program in the past, and expects to apply for a grant next fiscal year to support and expand its fire education program.
These programs will be provided on the following schedule:
O’Maley Two sessions: 8:20 and 9:00 am
GHS 9:45 am
Plum Cove 8:50 – 9:20 am (15 min travel to Beeman)
Beeman 9:45 – 10:15 am (20 Min travel to EGS)
EGS 10:40 – 11:10 am (Lunch break)
Vets 1:00 – 1:30 am (20 min travel to WP)
WP 1:50 – 2:20 am
Eric L. Smith, Fire Chief
City of Gloucester Fire Department