#fsFIRE : Flagstaff Fire Dept. Smoke detector outreach

January 19th, 2016 at 10:01 AM

On Martin Luther King Day 2016 the Flagstaff Fire Department teamed up with American Red Cross and NAU Athletics to complete our third smoke detector outreach program in the last several months. About 75 student athletes participating in a community involvement day, along with on duty fire crews and several volunteers from the United Flagstaff Firefighters Local 1505.

Firefighters and volunteers walked the neighborhood just north of NAU in downtown Flagstaff, contacting 250 to 300 homes and reached several senior citizens, many that did not have smoke detectors in the home. Detectors were provided and many citizens took the time to discuss winter, home, and wood stove safety with the firefighters.

Courtesy Flagstaff Fire Department
Courtesy Flagstaff Fire Department

In the last year Flagstaff has suffered three fire fatalities and one near miss that was rescued in time to save her life. In each case the victims were elderly and smoke detectors were either not present or not working.

Grant funding provided by American Red Cross has now secured a supply of smoke detectors and batteries to be carried on all of our engines which will be provided free of charge to anyone in need. If you or a loved one does not have adequate smoke detector protection in the home, please call FFD Fire Prevention Division at (928)213-2507 and we can supply you with new detectors.

The Flagstaff Fire Department would like to remind home owners to test your smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries twice yearly. Do it now because:

Smoke detectors save lives!

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