Norfolk Fire Department is asking residents to complete a survey on CO detectors. The survey is being conducted to find better ways to educate the public on the safety of CO detection in homes. Here's the link to the survey.
Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce that Norfolk and Plainville have been awarded $6,904 each in grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Programs for the 2014 fiscal year. The funding will support fire safety education programs for students and seniors in Norfolk and Plainville.
“The S.A.F.E. Program has a longstanding history of success in educating Massachusetts children about fire safety and prevention,” said Senator Ross. “With the creation of the Senior SAFE Program, I hope that we are able to build upon that success and reach new populations with a high risk of fire-related injury and death.”
The S.A.F.E. Program provides local fire departments with the resources to lead fire and life safety educations in local schools. Firefighters work closely with classroom teachers to teach age-appropriate fire safety lessons to students. Lessons focus on key behaviors, including Stop, Drop, and Roll; Crawl Low under Smoke; and Kitchen Safety, among others. In FY2014, the program will expand to include senior fire prevention training. The program will focus on educating seniors on fire prevention, general home safety, and how to be better prepared in case of a fire.
Since the S.A.F.E. Program was created in 1995, the average annual number of child fire deaths has been reduced by 70%, falling from an average of 18 deaths per year to 5.5 deaths per year. Also during that time, 259 children have been recognized as ‘Young Heroes’ for utilizing the fire and life safety lessons they learned in the classroom in real life emergencies. The Department of Fire Services is looking forward to seeing similar positive results for the Senior SAFE Program.
Senator Richard Ross and Representative Daniel Winslow are pleased to announce that Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham have each been awarded $4,625 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 schools.
“These programs play a vital role in educating children about fire safety and prevention,” said Senator Ross. “Students will have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons on protecting themselves and their families during an emergency.”
Winslow stated, “I am pleased to join Senator Ross in congratulating our communities, and I look forward to working for more successes in the future.”
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 schools. Firefighters are trained as educators and work closely with classroom teachers and health educators to provide age-appropriate fire safety lessons to students. The program focuses on key behaviors like “Stop, Drop, and Roll,” “Making and Practicing Home Escape Plans,” and “Reporting Fires and Emergencies.”
In conjunction with other fire education and prevention programs, the S.A.F.E. Program has led to a decrease of 70% in child fire deaths – down from an average of 18 per year to 5 per year. In addition, Massachusetts has documented 259 Young Heroes, children who utilized the lessons learned in fire and life safety education classes during real emergencies.
As the sun comes up the day after Hurricane Sandy hit, Norfolk is faced with several emergencies that need to be addressed. At 9 a.m. there is still a quarter of the town without power in the area north of the MBTA station, and the emergency 911 system went down and now rolls over to the Wrentham dispatcher. The number without power dropped significantly by 10:30 a.m. with just over 200 affected. The non-emergency line at the Police and Fire Departments was also disrupted last night between 6 and 10 p.m. If anyone called that line, he heard a busy signal.
At this time there isn't a clear answer on when power will be restored.
Norfolk Fire Chief Coleman Bushnell says his department has been very busy. In addition to dealing with down power lines and trees, a few homes in town suffered damage. Trees have hit homes. One took out a two car garage, and another tree destroyed two vehicles in a driveway. Bushnell said there was almost a very tragic accident when a young family ran a generator in an enclosed garage. The poison carbon monoxide was noticed and the family was rescued. "They were extremely fortunate because there was truly elevated levels of CO [carbon monoxide]," he says.
He wants to remind people that if they are operating generators, they need to be run in open spaces.
For most of Monday, the Chief was pleased with NStar's responses. He said the utility company had a community liaison stationed in Walpole and was responsive during the storm. The problems for his department started to occur when the Walpole location was closed during the evening. "During the storm they were very responsive," Bushnell says. "Once the center closed for the evening, the wheels fell off and we were unable to make any headway at all."
The timing could not have been worse. When the Walpole center closed, the power went out for close to 1,000 Norfolk residents. Bushnell says he was unable to get information relative to a response or where Norfolk stood in terms of prioritization. The Walpole Center has reopened and the NStar community liaison is worked on providing the town information on restoration.
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