Busi­nesses help pro­vide free smoke de­tec­tors

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Betsy Scott bscott@news-her­ald.com @re­porter­betsy on Twit­ter

Men­tor Fire De­part­ment re­cently got a boost from lo­cal busi­nesses in its cam­paign to make the com­mu­nity safer.

The de­part­ment is re­ceiv­ing a $3,687 grant from the Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion for its Res­i­dent Smoke De­tec­tor Pro­gram. The city will pro­vide a lo­cal match of $2,003.

The pro­gram was de­vel­oped to in­stall de­tec­tors at no cost in the homes of se­nior ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents with a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity or fi­nan­cial need.

“The Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion is ded­i­cated to serv­ing the com­mu­nity and to pos­i­tively im­pact the lives and lo­cal he­roes in the com­mu­nity,” said Men­tor fran­chise-owner Diane Gregg. “That’s what this grant ac­com­plishes and that’s why it was ap­proved.”

The grant will go to­ward the pur­chase of 500 smoke de­tec­tors for the pro­gram, which has been in place for more than a decade.

“It has al­ways been sup­ported by do­na­tions used to buy smoke de­tec­tors,” said fire de­part­ment Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Spe­cial­ist Jerry Crad­dock. “What we feel we are do­ing now is launch­ing a cam­paign to in­tro­duce to our Men­tor com­mu­nity a smoke de­tec­tor with new pho­to­elec­tric tech­nol­ogy and (that) has a 10-year bat­tery life.”

He added that the de­part­ment will re­place a bat­tery or smoke de­tec­tor for any­one who can­not af­ford one, but de­part­ment per­son­nel must do the in­stal­la­tion.

“We are not just hand­ing out smoke de­tec­tors,” he said.

Men­tor Lowe’s Man­ager Rick Bru­insma is sell­ing the de­tec­tors to the de­part­ment at cost.

Men­tor res­i­dents who are un­able to af­ford a smoke de­tec­tor are asked to con­tact the Men­tor Fire De­part­ment at 440-974-5765 with any ques­tions or to sched­ule in­stal­la­tion.

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