More than 400 smoke alarms were installed in 175 homes on April 27, the result of area firefighters' "Smoke Alarms Save Lives," Woodburn Fire District reported.
WFD spokeswoman Korrin Petersen said the installation blitz was achieved via 90 volunteers hailing from a variety of entities, including WFD, American Red Cross, Woodburn High School and Woodburn Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). Installation took place at homes in Woodburn, Hubbard and Gervais.
Not only were new alarms installed, but volunteers replaced batteries in many existing alarms and provided fire-prevention and safety information to many households.
Petersen noted that smoke alarms were provided free of charge thanks to a grant from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.
"The fire service has a long history of partnering with the Red Cross who provide assistance to people that are displaced from their homes due to fires," said WFD Fire Chief Joe Budge. "Woodburn Fire District is proud to extend that partnership to the installation of smoke alarms that will save lives in this part of the Willamette Valley."
The campaign is aimed at combating a grave, overarching statistic: nationwide, seven people die in home fires every day – and most of those homes do not have working smoke detectors.
Budge expressed heartfelt appreciation for the scores of volunteers who turned out to ensure a successful "Smoke Alarms Save Lives" campaign.
Budge stressed that WFD and CERT are always looking for Woodburn and Gervais-area residents interested in becoming volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or community emergency responders.
For information, contact volunteer coordinator Jason Thompson at (503) 982-2360 or visit the Woodburn Fire District online at HYPERLINK "http://www.woodburnfire.com" www.woodburnfire.com.
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