Charitable Trust Continues to Fund Smoke Alarm Installations
In 1992, following a spate of fire fatalities, the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland partnered with the Cleveland Division of Fire to install smoke alarms, free of charge to residents who lived in neighborhoods deemed to be at high risk for home fires.
The project was made possible then, and continues now, in part because of funding from the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust. “25 years later, we’re still writing checks and saving lives,” said Chris Hitchcock, Executive Director of the Trust, adding, “And now it’s becoming a national program. That’s very exciting.”
Chris joined Red Cross volunteers, members of the Westshore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Cleveland Division of Fire on a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in the neighborhood in Cleveland where a woman and her 8-year old great-granddaughter died in July.
28 homes were made safer, as the volunteers and firefighters installed 85 smoke alarms and helped residents formulate escape plans.
The Cleveland Fire Department, which has an active presence on Twitter, broadcast a live interview on the Periscope app with Chris, Chief Angelo Calvillo, and Tim O’Toole, the Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer.
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