Albemarle County Fire Rescue Goes Door to Door in Southwood

Sunday, 09 October 2011

Albemarle County firefighters went door to door at Southwood mobile home park Sunday installing almost 50 free smoke detectors to reduce the risk of a devastating loss of property and lives.

The effort is part of Albemarle Fire Rescue's participation in National Fire Prevention Week. It's their way of preventing disaster and connecting with the community at the same time.

Albemarle County Fire Corps Administrator Kathryne Presson said, "This is a way to sort of build a connection between fire rescue and the community so that they don't have to be afraid when they see a fire truck come, and they can welcome the services and know that we really are here to help."

Linda Hemby, a Latino Community Advocate said, "Going to people's communities is what works. It's what gets them to listen, it's the best way to educate and inform them, and it's the best way for service providers to actually get things done."

 Hemby says getting out on the streets shows how important it is for agencies to work together.

"You might be going in there like you are today for fire alarms, and guess what you find out? That the most important thing for that person is not the fire alarm, but like today somebody just reported to me that she's a victim of domestic abuse," she stated.

This is the first of several events planned for Fire Prevention Week. County fire crews will set up at the Great Value store in Crozet Monday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..

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