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Local Red Cross Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

We know that working smoke alarms help cut the risk of death by a fire in half. It is through grants like these that we are able to better equip and prepare the communities we serve.

The American Red Cross Desert to Sea Region, serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, announced it has received $10,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s public safety grant awards. The grant will enable local Red Cross chapters to continue local efforts as part of the nationwide Home Fire Campaign, which will benefit more than 10,000 residents throughout the region.

Every seven minutes in the United States, someone dies in a home fire. The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a five-year initiative, launched in 2014, that aims to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. The Red Cross works towards this goal by working with volunteers and partners to install free smoke alarms and provide critical fire safety information and personal disaster preparedness training for residents in vulnerable and high-risk areas. By educating residents and providing fire safety tools, the Red Cross is working towards making communities safer and stronger.

“We are grateful for this generous grant from Motorola,” said Linda Voss, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, which serves Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. “We know that working smoke alarms help cut the risk of death by a fire in half. It is through grants like these that we are able to better equip and prepare the communities we serve.”

In 2015, the Red Cross Desert to Sea region installed 2,339 smoke alarms throughout Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino County as part of the Home Fire Campaign. At the nationwide level, 26 lives have been saved by smoke alarms installed by the Red Cross and partners as part of the initiative.

“At a time when public safety is at the forefront of so many people’s minds in cities around the globe, we are proud to support programs that aim to improve safety and security in those communities,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are also proud to support organizations that honor the families of fallen first responders and improve safety education in the United States and Canada.”

The foundation gave a total of $3.95 million to 90 organizations in 2015, which will benefit 675,000 first responders and community members.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor and convener on issues that affect the safety of communities in countries worldwide, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and engage the network of those interested in these issues.

For more information on the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, please visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Desert to Sea Region serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: