S.A.F.E. -- Student Awareness of Fire Education

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The Holden Fire Department is proud of its commitment to educate the public in fire safety and prevention.

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program is a statewide initiative to teach fire education and prevention in our community. This program is handled by the Fire Department SAFE Coordinator, Firefighter/Paramedic Charles Borowy. Although the program is mainly aimed for children, fire safety education is taught to people of all ages.  The S.A.F.E. program is designed to put specially trained fire and life safety educators in the classroom to teach about fire safety and prevention.

This program is designed to equip elementary, middle and high school students with skills for recognizing the dangers of fire.  The following topics are taught and discussed, but are not limited to:  fire drills, how to identify emergencies and the proper use of 9-1-1, stop, drop and roll, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and the importance of testing and replacing the batteries in detectors, E.D.I.T.H. (Exit drills in the home), holiday safety, ice safety, and the importance of establishing emergency drills and a meeting place outside the home in case of fire or other emergency. The SAFE Educators play a significant role in the prevention of fire through efforts such as broadening public awareness of fire hazards and enforcement of state laws, including those that regulate the use, sale and storage of smoking-related materials. The program also seeks to reduce tobacco consumption by educating our community about the fire and health related dangers.

The Fire Department also oversees the Senior S.A.F.E. program which was initiated in 2013 with funds from the Department Fire Services. The program is aimed towards educating senior citizens on all aspects of fire safety.The Holden Fire Department in collaboration with the Holden Senior Center, and Holden Council on Aging educates the community seniors on recognizing and preventing slips and falls, cooking safety, home oxygen use/safety, home hazards, and smoke/carbon monoxide detector requirements. 

In addition, the S.A.F.E. educators provide presentations to Holden preschools. The main goal for children at this age is recognition- what a firefighter looks and sounds like in full turnout gear and what smoke detectors look and sound like.  Introduction to fire drills and 9-1-1 are also done on this level.

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