The Calgary Fire Department this morning accepted a donation of 1000 smoke alarms from Kidde Canada to support its community outreach and alarm installation program. Kidde is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fire safety products and their donation is valued at approximately $30,000. Calgary is one of two cities in Canada to receive a donation this year.
“The Calgary Fire Department is extremely grateful to receive this generous donation as we see firsthand every day how valuable smoke alarms are. These 1,000 smoke alarms mean hundreds of families will have the ability to get out of their homes safely in the event of a fire.” said deputy chief Steenaerts. “We want to thank Kidde for their continued support and donation to this very important program.”
Since 1996, Calgary firefighters have been visiting homes across the city as part of the Home Safety Program, sharing important home safety information, inspecting smoke alarms and, when necessary, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms.
The Home Safety Program installs smoke alarms in the homes of Calgarians who may not have the ability to purchase or install them, including low-income residents, seniors and new Canadians.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize the bravery of our first responders and their continued commitment to keeping our communities safe,” said Stephanie Berzinski, Fire Safety Educator at Kidde. “Everyone deserves to feel safe and protected in their homes, and firefighters are the ones who step into danger and save lives. Our hope is that this donation from our “Operation Save-a-Life” program help the Calgary Fire Department continue to spread the message of fire safety and get more smoke alarms into the homes of those who need them.”
More than 470,000 homes have been visited since the Home Safety Program began, with more than 31,000 smoke alarms installed and nearly 20,000 batteries replaced. This donation helps the Calgary Fire Department visit closer to half a million homes in Calgary.
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