The City of Cortland Fire Department has been awarded smoke detectors to as part of an effort to ensure senior citizens have working smoke detectors in their homes.
The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) has awarded the free smoke detectors for installation in the homes of Cortland residents 65 years and older.
The association says people 65-year s or older are among the highest risk groups for fire-related injury and death.
There are just over 19 thousand people in Cortland who are 65 or older. Two seniors were killed in fires in Cortland over the last two years.
Cortland Firefighters will install the smoke alarms and also work with residents to educate them about fire safety and prevention.
Fr information on the program call Cortland Fire Captain David Jensen at (607) 423-6908.