VIDEO: It’s been a week since a devastating fire claimed the lives of 12, including nine children, in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section. During the latest briefing on the fire, leaders made a case for how important it is to have working smoke detectors in your home.
Officials say every time a tragedy happens like the fire in Fairmount, the fire department’s community action team gets inundated with calls for smoke detectors, but they say fighting fires is everyone’s responsibility.
“Prior to an event, it’s pretty common for people not to think about a fire emergency,” Philadelphia Division of Fire Prevention Chief Gus Baumann said.
But a fire emergency is all that the community action teams think about. CAT, as they’re commonly known, is a division within the Philadelphia Fire Department.