Fire department shows appreciation

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

May 2, 2014

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Fire Department showed their appreciation to some individuals who have made their Live Safe Smoke and CO Detectors Program possible.

Each year, the fire department gives away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to Fairborn residents who have a need for them.

This program is made available through the joint efforts of the Fairborn Fire Department, Handyman ACE Hardware in Fairborn, Sam’s Club and Fairborn’s Fraternal Order of Eagles #2641. However, the funding is provided soley through donations from individuals and community organizations.

“They are provided for the community by the community,” said Laura Kerr, Battalion Chief of Life Safety. “Our goal is to get as many as we can.”

For 2014, the department had a total of $3,000 in donations to spend on detectors. Byron Church, located at 3230 Trebein Road, donated $500 to the cause. Ohio State Fire Marshal Arson Bureau Chief Timothy Spradlin attends Byron Church and suggested this as a community outreach for them.

“Chief Spradlin knows very well how smoke detectors save lives,” said Fire Chief Mike Riley. “Byron donates on an annual basis.”

Once the donations are collected, the department contacts Carl Eulett, who has been manager of Handyman ACE Hardware for 25 years. He then puts in an order for the First Alert detectors.

“Six years ago Carl Day asked us if we would be interested in working with the fire department on this. We happened to be attending an ACE show that year so we approached the First Alert people and they were happy to donate a partial order and reduce the price for the rest,” Eulett said.

He orders an average of 100 smoke detectors and around 40 CO detectors annually, depending on donations. The giveaway is limited to one per detector per household.

“When we do this there is no shortage of people who stop by, and when they’re gone, they’re gone,” said Riley. “It’s mainly for senior citizens and households with small children, but anyone who needs who should have one. If you don’t have a detector, you can stop by any of the four fire stations and pick one up.”