The American Red Cross partnered with the Moorhead Fire Department to hold the city’s first home fire preparedness canvassing event, visiting over 100 mobile homes to work with families on evacuation plans and check to make sure smoke alarms were working in the homes.
In all, 65 new smoke alarms were installed in homes along with replacing 12 batteries. This is the first time the Red Cross has partnered with the Moorhead Fire Department for this type of preparedness event and there are plans to add another in the spring. In addition, the city of Moorhead provided 19 carbon monoxide detectors for homes as well.
"We would like to thank everyone for their assistance with this project,” said Rich Duysen, Moorhead Fire Chief. “We appreciate the efforts to increase the level of fire and life safety in some of our most vulnerable homes.”
So far, the Dakotas Region, which covers 10 counties in Minnesota, has distributed and installed over 2,000 smoke alarms in homes that needed them. The Red Cross continues its mission to cut home fire injuries and deaths by 25% over the next five years.
“We are reaching new communities in the region every day that are hearing about our program and wanting to take part,” said Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer, Tom Tezel. “We are excited to expand our reach this coming year.”
The event was sponsored by First International Bank & Trust, Goldmark Property Management and Warner & Company Insurance.