07/24/11 276 W - + 1 - 2 Baltimore's Smoke Detector Program

Caught this inside a Firehouse.com article and Expo recap titled Chiefs Discuss Good, Bad and Ugly at Firehouse Expo, subtitled   The fire service is feeling the effects of the economy and chief officers have had to make adjustments. It contains summary statements about the Baltimore Fire Department's smoke detector program. It also resonates with me after hearing a great presentation on Friday about public education and proactive safety for citizens. Saving lives (and preventing and reducing injuries) before the fact. Before the fire starts. More on that later, along the lines of Fire Warriors as Fire Protectors. Can you handle such a shift?

[Fire Chief Jim] Clack said Baltimore firefighters have installed 250,000 smoke detectors in the city and is about to go out to install another 10,000. The project, which is funded principally with grant money, gets firefighters out into the community and he's certain it has helped save lives.

Baltimore plans to step up the initiative with a dedicated phone number, 311, which, when called, will dispatch firefighters to the residence in two hours or less to install smoke detectors immediately.

"We'll be handling the calls like a non-emergency response," Clack said, noting that up to 40 smoke detectors and batteries and screw guns are kept in each engine and some are in virtually every department vehicle in the fleet.

He said Baltimore has a significant substance abuse problem and it's important that smoke detectors be installed to alert people and hopefully save lives. Fire deaths had been averaging 25 annually in the city, but it was down to 6 this year which is on track for a 50 percent reduction.

Wonder how many fire department budgets contain money for smoke detector programs, versus requiring/relying upon grant programs? Is it the progressive department that pushes such programs to the foreground, and gets the same priority for funding as operations programs? Did I just answer my own question?
Legeros - 07/24/11 - 09:24

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