Country Music star and former first responder Craig Morgan joined representatives from NFPA, Kidde Fire Safety, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), fire safety advocate and multi-faceted entertainer Kix Brooks and national and state fire leaders to issue a call for support of U.S. volunteer fire departments. The U.S. has more than 30,000 fire departments, and 85 percent of them are staffed solely or mainly by volunteer firefighters. These men and women protect more than 60 percent of Americans, particularly in rural communities, however, volunteers have steadily declined.
The initiative recognizes current volunteers and encourages civilians to learn how they can assist their local department. The campaign will also help increase fire safety, as Kidde will donate 1,000 Worry-Free smoke alarms to select fire departments along Morgan's 2016 tour. Our research reports show that three out of five fatal home fires occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm; dead or missing batteries is the main reason for alarm failure in a fire. Kidde Worry-Free alarms contain a sealed-in lithium battery that provides nonstop power for 10 years, eliminating battery replacement.
"Living in Dickson County, Tennessee, I see every day how committed these men and women are to their communities. As a former first responder, I want to continue to do what I can to help keep families safe. That means making sure our volunteer fire departments have the support they need," said Morgan.
The NFPA and IAFC will host open houses at select volunteer fire departments along Morgan's tour, and Firehouse will host an online program that enables the public to vote for nominated volunteers. The winning volunteers' departments will receive training materials, funding and Kidde smoke alarms for community installation programs. The program will launch in 2016.
To learn more, visit www.kidde.com.