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Team Firestopper Event March 29 to Provide Preparedness Information, Free Smoke Detectors

Fire Safety
By helping teach people to be better prepared, we hope reduce the number of disasters each year.

The American Red Cross, Western New York/Finger Lakes Region is teaming up with Project Paradigm and the Children’s Fire & Burn Fund to present Team Firestopper on Saturday, March 29. At eight locations across the 17 counties that make up the Region, volunteers will be providing residents of low-income, at-risk communities with vital fire safety and emergency preparedness information. In addition, the first 100 households at each location will receive free smoke detectors and assistance in properly installing them in their homes.


“The Red Cross responds to an average of two fires a day across the Region,” said Kenneth J. Turner, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “By helping teach people to be safer and better prepared, plus installing 800 free smoke detectors throughout these at-risk neighborhoods, we hope reduce the number of disasters that affect our community each year.”


In addition to free smoke detectors and demonstrations of fire safety materials, people attending a Team Firestopper event on March 29 will also learn how to make an escape plan, what to include in a supply kit, Hands-Only CPR and more. Youth prevention and preparedness activities will also be available.


Thanks to the support of partners including Project Paradigm and the Children’s Fire & Burn Fund, all eight Team Firestopper events are free and open to the public. Team Firestopper will take place Saturday, March 29 from 11am-3pm at the following locations:

·         David F. Gantt Community Center, 700 North Street, Rochester, NY 14605

·         Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, Geneva, NY 14456

·         New Beginnings Methodist Church, 300 East Miller Street, Elmira, NY 14904

·         Hornell Fire Department, 110 Broadway, Hornell, NY 14843

·         Total Senior Care Facility, 1225 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760

·         Love Elementary School, 50 East 8th Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

·         Hillview Baptist Church, 26 Rehm Road, Depew, NY 14043

·         Grace Episcopal Church, 100 Genesee Street, Lockport, NY 14094


In preparation for the event, volunteers will be visiting neighborhoods surrounding the eight locations, providing residents in these at-risk areas basic Be Red Cross Ready fire safety information and details regarding their local Team Firestopper event.


Please contact your local Chapter of the American Red Cross for addtional information.