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Published on January 26th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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“2015 Smoke Alarm Blitz”

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced that the Columbia Fire Department  began its “2015 Smoke Alarm Blitz” on Saturday, January 24 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Standish Acres community. Chief Jenkins said, “We are excited to be a recipient of this year’s Smoke Alarm Blitz and I would like to thank State Fire Marshal Bert Polk and his office for their continued efforts to save lives by placing smoke alarms in homes across South Carolina.”

The Columbia Fire Department was one of ten fire departments selected to participate in the grant-funded “2015 Smoke Alarm Blitz” by the South Carolina Division of Fire and Life Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).  The OSFM was awarded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Chief Jenkins said, “The goal of the “Smoke Alarm Blitz” is to save lives.” Chief Jenkins continued to state “We, as a Department, responded to six residential fires that resulted in seven deaths in 2014 and of those fires only one residence had a working smoke alarm.  This is why we urge citizens to install smoke alarms and to check them monthly to ensure they are working and if they are more than ten years old to replace them.”

The Columbia Fire Department received 400, 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms and over 160 carbon monoxide alarms to be installed.  The Standish Acres community was selected based on National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, social vulnerability index score, fire fatalities (per capita) and other application information.  If residents are not home, during the blitz, information will be left at their residence that explains how to schedule a fire alarm installation.

Chief Jenkins would like to thank all of our partners in this life-saving endeavor: South Carolina Division of Fire and Life Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, American Red Cross, Charles Divita Firehouse Subs Owner and Chick-fil-a Five Points.

For additional information or questions please contact the Columbia Fire Department’s Public Fire Education Division at 803-545-3717 or to request a smoke alarm installation visit www.columbiarichlandfire.net/request-a-smoke-alarm/.

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