Wisconsin Rapids fire departments helping install smoke detectors

  • Source: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
  • Published: 08/09/2016 05:21 PM

VIDEO: Local fire departments in the area are partnering up with WIS SAFE, also known as the Wisconsin Smoke and Fire Education Program and the North Central American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in homes that don't have them. Currently they're targeting homes which are high risk, such as those with the elderly, disabled, low income, and middle school aged children. "There are over 100 local departments that are volunterring to do this with us. There are 22 in our jurisdiction, in our 17 counties, and it's growing everyday. More are coming on board." said North Central American Red Cross Chapter Executive Wendy Savage. Wisconsin Rapids is one of the latest departments to get on board, receiving fifty smoke detectors that they plan to install in the area to those in need. Rapids Captain of Operations and Fire Marshall Todd Eckes said the main reasons people don't have detectors in their homes is either because they can't afford one, or because they don't realize how dangerous it is to not have one until something tragic happens.


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