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Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah FD to use funds for community fire safety

Posted: September 16, 2011 9:24 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 9:24 a.m.

The Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department will use the remaining funds from an equipment grant to promote a communitywide fire safety and prevention project.

The fire department was awarded assistance to firefighters grant last year to enhance water supply by upgrading supply hose and purchasing TurboDraft appliances. Due to the competitive bid process, the cost of the equipment came in under budget and the department has a remaining balance of approximately $2,300.

Fire department members’ proposal to purchase 10-year smoke detectors for the community was approved.

“Our goal is to provide smoke detectors to families who don’t have operating detectors and cannot afford to buy them,” said Chief Chris Jones.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 40 percent of home fire deaths in the U.S. occur where smoke detectors are not present, while nearly 20 percent of the deaths occur where smoke detectors are present but not working.

“We hope to change these statistics by giving away and installing smoke detectors at no cost to the community,” said Jones.

The guidelines to obtain a smoke detector are as follows:

• Must live in Kershaw County, in the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department District.

• Due to limited quantities, must have a need for smoke detectors (do not have working ones in home).

• Must be a private residence (no businesses, no churches or no rental properties).

Delivery and installation will be coordinated through an online signup form. Visit the website at www.bmfire.com/detectors to fill out the form.  Those who do not have Internet access may contact the fire department at (803) 475-3711 and leave a message including your name, address and a contact phone number.

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