The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has awarded the town nearly $7,000 in grants for fire-prevention programs. The Student Awareness of Fire Education program will receive $4,086 and the new Senior SAFE program $2,818. The SAFE program was started 19 years ago, and the number of children who have died annually in fires statewide has decreased by 71 percent since its inception, according to State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan. Because of the program’s success, an initiative for seniors has been created. “We hope to have the same success with our new Senior SAFE program, because older adults are the most at risk of dying in fires in our state,” Coan said in a prepared statement. Norwell Fire Chief T. Andrew Reardon said that the extra money will come in handy. “We won’t have to worry about finding the money in our budget and impacting something else,” he said in an interview. “We’re very pleased with these grants because we know first-hand that a little education goes a long way.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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