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Promoting Fire Safety to Paramount Moms and Families on Mother’s Day Weekend

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Members of Paramount’s civic organizations and businesses helped ARC install 488 smoke alarms.

On May 7, Red Cross volunteers worked alongside members of civic organizations and local businesses in Paramount to make moms and all residents safer by installing 488 free smoke alarms in 190 homes. The activity was part of a nationwide effort to decrease the number of home fire fatalities in vulnerable communities.

Meeting at Paramount’s Wirtz Elementary School, 150 trained volunteers went door-to-door to homes in the surrounding neighborhoods, including homes in the Cinderella Mobile Home Park, checking smoke detectors and helping families create emergency evacuation plans. 

Thank you to the volunteers from business partners Paramount Petroleum, Total Western and Weber Metals, who were participating in their third home fire installation event in the last three months. A representative from Paramount Petroleum even brought his own, high speed drill, instead of using the “slower Red Cross equipment.”

Other partners who worked with the Red Cross to install alarms included: Paramount/AltAir, Sprint, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, California State University, Long Beach and the Paramount Sheriff's Department.

Thanks also to Diane Martinez, Paramount City Council, Deputy Daniel Esqueda, Department of Sheriff in Los Angeles County, Barbara Crowsen, Membership Services Director, Paramount Chamber of Commerce, and Linda Garcia, Vice President/Clerk Paramount Board of Education.

In addition, board members from the Greater Long Beach Rio Hondo Chapter pitched in to help, including Chairman Bill Clausen, Vice Chairman Tim Sele, and Service Delivery Committee Chair Braden Phillips, who recently retired as Chief of Administration for the Long Beach Police Department. Phillips ended up leading a team of volunteers that installed 14 alarms.

This activity is part of the American Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal campaign, a multi-region campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large (from home fires to earthquakes) and to promote resiliency within the most vulnerable communities. More info at