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Marseilles Fire Department celebrates 3,000 smoke alarm installations

The Marseilles Fire Department and the American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley recently commemorated the installation of the 3,000th free smoke alarm in the town as part of the Home Fire Campaign.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to an average of more than 60,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. The Home Fire Campaign began in 2014 with a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.

So far, more than 2 million alarms have been installed nationally, including 3,000 in Marseilles. The campaign is credited with saving 699 lives nation wide.

Nearly two years ago, the Marseilles Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley Chapter through the initiative of Red Cross volunteer Kent Terry. When Marseilles Fire Department Chief Michael “Mick” Garrison was approached about partnering with the Red Cross for home fire safety, a new endeavor was launched.

Together, the Marseilles Fire Department and Red Cross were able to reach this installation milestone providing the free smoke alarms to local residents as well as fire safety education and the fire department performs a free home safety inspection.

To get involved with the Home Fire Campaign or to volunteer with the Red Cross, join a Sound the Alarm this spring to install even more free smoke alarms!

To find an upcoming installation event, visit www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.html.

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