Cortland Fire Departments One of 25 Groups Selected For Nationwide Fire Safety Program

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The City of Cortland Fire Department is one of 25 groups nationwide chosen to participate in the third annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project, a unique program pairing college students with local fire departments to help install smoke/CO alarms in at-risk homes in their communities.

The program is at no-cost to participants, courtesy of First Alert, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation. Eligible applicants include fire departments, colleges and universities from across the country. Each of those selected will receive 100 smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms and various educational materials.

“The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports when a home does have working smoke alarms, it cuts the fatality risk of home fires in half,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. “Smoke alarms are one of the best, and easiest, solutions to enhance home safety. And, by partnering with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation with the Town/Gown project, we are able to both educate communities about fire safety and install alarms for a long-lasting impact.”

According to the NFPA, three out of four fires occur in the home. More than 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly, according to a new survey by First Alert. Many forget or simply aren’t aware of the need for regular testing.

“Gaining real-world knowledge with regard to smoke and CO alarm placement and maintenance is an invaluable opportunity for these students,” said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. “The Town/Gown project truly offers a unique volunteer opportunity to both support the community and work with fire safety professionals in a capacity many would not otherwise experience.”

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