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Milwaukee firefighters canvassed a neighborhood last week with neighborhood block watch members, representatives of the police department, the Department of Neighborhood Services, Safe and Sound Milwaukee, and the local alderman’s office. Assistant Fire Chief Gerard Washington joined in the canvassing to show his support and meet with community leaders. Firefighters installed smoke alarms where needed and discussed safety tips with residents.
“Reaching out to community groups is important,” says Lieutenant Schuyler Belott. “We want to make sure residents’ are protected and let them know what we do.” !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd3bfa07970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd3bfa07970b-120wi|alt=Milwaukee Smoke Alarm Placement|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Milwaukee Smoke Alarm Placement|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd3bfa07970b img-responsive!
The event was part of a larger citywide effort to install alarms. Through the help of block grants, the department has installed thousands of smoke alarms. Also, a hotline is available for residents who need to have alarms installed. Fire trucks are equipped with alarms so that firefighters can do installations when they’re on non-emergency calls.
Has your department conducted a smoke alarm installation program recently? If so, let me know. If you’re thinking about launching one, NFPA’s Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program can help. General smoke alarm safety information is also available on the NFPA website.