The Barnstable Fire Department has extensive public education offerings that include annually visiting the private and public schools within the fire district. In addition, a recent partnership with the Barnstable Council on Aging has led to active participation in activities offered at the Barnstable Adult Community Center. The public education also offers fire extinguisher classes, stop the bleed classes, Narcan use/awareness classes, as well as in home smoke detector courtesy inspections targeted at the older population and residents within the district.
The Barnstable Fire Department can also be seen at several events withing the community throughout the year including Barnstable Kid’s Day, the Barnstable West Barnstable July 4th celebration, story time at the Sturgis Library, and other community sponsored events. The Barnstable Fire District is fortunate to repeatedly be awarded a SAFE Grant from the state of Massachusetts to help fund public education presentations and materials.
Captain Brian Tyson manages the Community Risk Reduction Division in the Barnstable Fire Department. With a team of qualified instructors, we offer a wide variety of public education programs to offer the residents and businesses in the community.
Captain Tyson annually applies for assistance under the SAFE and SENIOR SAFE Grant Program from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program. The money provided under this grant is used to provide fire education in the school system and the community. The Barnstable Fire Department focuses a great deal of attention on prevention and education in the school environment by reinforcing the importance and values of the 9-1-1 emergency reporting system, exit drills in the home, stop-drop-roll, and the fire service function in the community.
In addition to school-based programs, we offer a variety of adult public education programs including:
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training
- Fire extinguisher training
- Stop-the-Bleed Program
To find out more about our programs, or to schedule a consultation on a program offering, please contact Captain Brian Tyson at 508-362-3312
Youth Firesetting Intervention Program
Youth firesetting behaviors and misuse of fire has been identified as a serious safety issue. These behaviors can be an isolated instance or a repetitive pattern. Families and communities are found to be generally unaware at the importance of identifying and reporting instances of children found to be “playing” with fire, but the need to educate these individuals is important to prevent fires and injury occurring from other members of the community or to the child themselves.
If you have a juvenile family member or child in your care that is found to be playing with or overly curious about fire, please contact your local fire department, or follow the link below to set up an education intervention meeting to help keep the community safe. https://www.CapeandIslandsYFIT.com
Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.)
The S.A.F.E. grant program provides resources for fire departments to teach fire safety education in schools.
The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program provides grants to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in schools. The program teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire and the fire hazards of tobacco products through 23 key fire safety behaviors taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Fire and life safety is easy to combine with math, science, language arts and health or physical education lessons, making it easy to collaborate with school teachers. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in Massachusetts.
S.A.F.E. is one of two fire and life safety education grant programs available to Massachusetts fire departments. The second program is Senior SAFE, which aims to reduce older adult fire deaths through fire and life safety education.
Senior SAFE Program
A grant program for fire departments to teach fire safety to seniors.
Senior SAFE is a grant program that supports fire and life safety education for seniors. Seniors have a high risk of dying in a fire. Fire and burns risks for seniors include: cooking, smoking, home oxygen use, and electrical and heating dangers.
Senior SAFE also aims to improve safety in senior housing. Programs include:
- smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation
- testing and replacing batteries
- installation of house numbers
- heating limiting devices on stoves
- in-hood stove fire extinguishers
Education is key to improving the safety of seniors at home. Senior SAFE creates partnerships between agencies that serve seniors and fire departments. Together, these agencies collaborate on local fire and life safety education programs.