Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Will Install Smoke Alarms To At-Risk Citizens Before Holiday Through Grant Program
The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (PFVFD) in conjunction with the Calvert County Office on Aging is pleased to announce a smoke alarm partnership to aide the elderly and disabled citizens in our immediate community.
On Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21, 2016, volunteers from PFVFD will install the alarms inside homes just in time for the holiday. By working hand-in-hand with the Calvert County Office on Aging, our department has identified the citizens in our area who are considered, “at-risk.”
The volunteers from Company 2 will gather at the station 12-noon on both installation days. Members will staff the apparatus and visit the households to place one alarm on each floor of homes. On the first day PFVFD is planning to visit homes on Route 231 and on the second day, volunteers have plans to visit homes in the northern portion of Prince Frederick.
Background: In early 2016, PFVFD applied for the Maryland Sate Fireman’s Association Public Fire and Life Safety Education Grant. Through his efforts, we were successfully awarded 48, 10-year sealed battery life long smoke alarms. Many of the alarms will go in the Prince Frederick area, and a few will also be installed in the Huntingtown and St. Leonard areas as well.
According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, older residents in Maryland are the most vulnerable to fire death. In 2014 alone (the most recent reports available) 42 percent of total fire deaths are people over the age of 65. Statistics prove, according to their office, there has been an 11% increase within a three-year period (2011-2014).
The Calvert County Office on Aging’s mission is to provide a wide range of services to maintain their best possible quality of life. The mission of PFVFD is to serve and protect the citizens of Calvert County through the 100% volunteer efforts.
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department: http://pfvfd.org
Calvert County Office On Aging: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=113