Meet Our safety Educator


Meet our S.A.F.E Educator, Anthony Poente Jr., a fifteen-year firefighter. Firefighter Poente has been teaching fire safety in Dartmouth for twelve years. In 2008, he officially became a public safety educator through Massachusetts Fire Academy training. Firefighter Poente visits Dartmouth schools and preschools annually to conduct fire safety presentations. By request, fire prevention classes are also held for home-care providers.

If your child attends a public elementary school in District 3, he or she would likely have met Firefighter Poente. Through the S.A.F.E program, Firefighter Poente conducts a third-grade fire safety evaluation each year. The evaluation tests the retention of fire safety material from our fire safety program. The MA Fire Academy analyzes and uses the test results to determine what our S.A.F.E educators need to focus on for upcoming fire safety presentations.

What is S.A.F.E

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program is a state initiative to provide resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and, more specifically the fire hazards tobacco products pose

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