Wednesday, December 14, 2011

News Advisory: Pepco Donates Smoke Alarms to Fire Department - Updated

Pepco Donates Smoke Alarms to Fire Department
Tragic Incident Highlights the Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

 Wednesday, December 14, 2011
12:00 noon
 Germantown-Kingsview Fire Station #22
    18910 Germantown Road
(117 and 118)
Germantown, Maryland

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers will accept a generous donation of smoke alarms from Pepco officials on Wednesday, December 14th. The smoke alarms will be used as aggressive community outreach by firefighters continues in response to the County’s third senior citizen fire fatality of the year.

Over the weekend, the victim from a December 7th fire died as a result of complications from burn injuries sustained in a house fire in Takoma Park, Maryland. This most recent fatality marks the third fire fatality this year in Montgomery County involving a senior citizen in which there were NO working smoke alarms in the house.  

“Pepco’s Emergency Services Partnership Program has donated smoke alarms to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for several years as part of their long-standing commitment to public safety,” said Chief Richard Bowers. “Based on today’s challenging budgets, this donation comes at a critical time and will fill a very important need in the community.”

“All of us at Pepco are very proud of the excellent working relationship we have with our first responders throughout the service territory. These smoke alarms are just another way for Pepco to support the life saving work that the dedicated men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service perform every day,” said Jerry Pasternak, VP Pepco Region - Maryland.

With cold weather arriving, working smoke alarms provide vital, early warning of fire or smoke conditions and are truly life-saving. “We are proud to partner with PEPCO and their generous donation will continue to have significant impact in keeping residents safe and saving lives,” said Chief Bowers.    

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