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Cortland City F.D. Partners With SUNY Students To Install Free Smoke/CO Alarms

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The City of Cortland Fire Department and SUNY Cortland are partnering with FirstAlert, Campus Safety Watch and the Michael H Minger Foundation for the third annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project.

A local leg of the nationwide initiative is set to kick off on October 5.

Residents can now sign up for free home safety visits from Cortland Firefighters, who will be helped along by students from SUNY Cortland’s Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

Cortland’s Fire Department was one of 25 selected nationwide to participate in this year’s Town/Gown project, which educates at-risk communities on fire safety and donates 100 free combination smoke/CO alarms for installation.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of four fires occur in the home – the very place most people feel to be the safest.

“The Town/Gown Project is a great opportunity to further educate our community and students
about the importance of fire and CO safety, and equip many homes with needed alarms,” said
Captain David Jensen of City of Cortland Fire Department. “Reducing the risk of fatal fires – by
providing adequate protection – helps make our community stronger and safer.”

For more information on making an appointment, contact City Fire Administrative Assistant Heidi Brown at 607-756-5612.

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