EASTHAMPTON — In support of public safety and human services in the communities served by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, NiSource Inc., parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, has awarded a $5,000 grant through the NiSource Charitable Foundation to NoFIRES, a nonprofit program serving 51 Massachusetts communities by offering education and intervention to juvenile fire setters.
The donation was presented by Andrea Luppi, manager of Communications and Community Relations at Columbia Gas, to Loren Davine, executive director of NoFIRES; Mary Carey, communications director for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office; and Fire Chief Russ Anderson of the Granby Fire Department.
NoFIRES is one of the only statewide programs available for juveniles that have engaged in fire-related behavior. In addition to providing fire-safety education to juveniles that have engaged in fire setting, NoFIRES is committed to providing high-quality trainings in this field to educators, clinicians, and law enforcement. In 2013, NoFIRES sponsored several trainings, including the first annual Arson Investigation and Prosecution Conference, which was attended by more than 200 police and fire investigators from around the state.