Greenfield Fire receives grants for student and senior fire safety

  • The Greenfield Fire Station on Thursday. October 19, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Monday, March 05, 2018

GREENFIELD — Two state grants aim to boost fire safety and education efforts in the city.

The money, given to the Greenfield Fire Department from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, will be used to promote student education, as well as provide smoke detectors to seniors.

The grants come from the state’s Student Awareness of Fire Education and SeniorSAFE programs. The total for student education was $4,308, Greenfield Capt. John Whitney said, while SeniorSAFE totaled $2,615.

According to Whitney, the department has already started to schedule installations of the smoke detectors for seniors.

The detectors being installed depend on what is needed for the senior citizen, and Whitney said the work could also include installing new batteries in detectors.

“I don’t want to see a senior citizen on a ladder changing batteries,” he said.

Other event

The American Red Cross and the Greenfield Fire Department are also installing free smoke detectors on March 28, for pre-registered residents living homes built before 1975 and whose current alarms are at least 10 years old.

The SeniorSAFE grant is not being used for this event.

Regarding the student education grant, the money will go toward providing fire awareness education to area students.