On an early Saturday morning outside the First Baptist Church in Wimauma, Florida, more than 125 volunteers from different walks of life and varied community organizations gathered with a single mission: to save lives.
Groups of four and five began knocking on doors announcing that the fire department and Red Cross were in their neighborhood today: “Would you like a free smoke alarm?”
As families invited teams into their homes, volunteers installed life-saving smoke alarms, educated residents on fire safety and hurricane preparedness, and developed personalized escape plans for each home. By the end of the afternoon, 363 smoke alarms were installed in 108 homes.
The tremendous success of the Home Fire Campaign event can be credited to the commitment of Red Cross volunteers and critical community partners including Telemundo Tampa who began spreading the message of fire safety weeks before the event. When the day arrived volunteers from the Hillsborough County Fire Department, Greater Tampa C.E.R.T., Sun City C.E.R.T., a number of faith-based groups, Circle K and other community partners joined the Red Cross on the life-saving mission.
“We are so grateful for the support of our donors and the community volunteers powering our Home Fire Campaign,” said Central Florida Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, Linda Jorge Carbone, “every day, Red Cross volunteers step onto a family’s doorstep in the moments after they have suffered a fire to help them through one of the worst times in their life. This campaign puts us on that doorstep before the unthinkable happens. Every escape plan we write and every alarm we install has the real potential to save lives.”
To learn more about the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign which has been credited with saving 27 lives visit www.redcross.org/firesafety.