The Senior SAFE program will focus largely on helping seniors improve the safety of their homes, and will include installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, testing and replacing the batteries in these devices, installing heat-limiting devices on stoves, in-hood stove fire extinguishers and nightlights to help seniors avoid falling.
The program will also include fire safety education and also a technological aspect that will help improve the department’s ambulance service’s ability to access a patient’s medical history through the use of a personal thumbdrive in the event of an injury or an accident.
“What type of medical history they have, what kinds of medication they’re on, what they might be allergic to, what your diagnoses are,” Brickett said. “That’s going to help us mitigate the illness or injury that you might be experiencing in the ambulance quicker and faster.”
As part of the effort, the fire department will partner with the senior center to help implement the program, much like the department has worked with the school system over the past few years to help reach out to children. Brickett said the program has had a major impact on the children of Amesbury over the years, and that he’s hopeful that the Senior SAFE program will have a similar effect on local seniors.
“As fire chief, this is really important to me,” Brickett said. “I’m really proud of the people who have taken on these initiatives.”