Fire Safety & Education

The Pepperell Fire Department runs two Fire Education Programs:

  • Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E)
  • Senior Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E)

Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.)
The S.A.F.E program is a state initiative designed to put trained fire and life safety educators in classrooms to conduct fire safety education programs in grades K-12. Their primary mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically, the fire hazards that tobacco products pose.
Modeled after the National Fire Protection Association's "Learn Not to Burn" program, Pepperell Fire Department educators work in conjunction with Pepperell schools and the Pepperell Health Department, as well as the Department of Fire Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Pepperell S.A.F.E Education Team visits Pepperell schools every year. Each lesson plan is age appropriate, with special consideration given to special needs children within each grade level.
Through interactive lesson plans, and props, the educators deliver sessions where students will learn about practicing fire safety.

Educators discuss: 

- fire drills, and fire alarm boxes in school and around your neighborhood, as well as the dangers of false alarms.
- the dangers of smoking related materials.
- know two ways out of every room, and home escape plans.
- fire safety equipment, including the proper use of fire extinguishers and escape ladders
- first aid practices for burns 

Children engage in fire safety activities in a friendly classroom setting. Younger students get to experience the equipment that firefighters wear in order to feel more comfortable with firefighter, should they be involved in an emergency situation.

Older students practice the proper placement of smoke detectors and discuss and demonstrate two safe ways in which to exit their home in the event of a fire. Students design a fire escape plan and a safe meeting place outside of the home for all family members to meet, practice the proper method to activate a fire alarm box, and proper first aid practices for burns.

Programs for scout troops, day cares, and other children groups are available as well. Please contact Stephanie DeMarco for more information.

Senior Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) 

The Senior S.A.F.E program is a newer state initiative designed to remind Seniors on safety practices, specifically designed around their activities.

The S.A.F.E educators are members of the Pepperell Fire Department.

Firefighter Stephanie DeMarco is the S.A.F.E Program Coordinator for the Pepperell Fire Department. For more information, or to schedule a fire safety visit, please call the Fire Department, or email her at