LAS VEGAS, NV (May 17, 2018) – More than 100 volunteers turned out this past weekend at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park with a goal of installing 1,000 smoke alarms and teach fire safety as part of the Red Cross of Southern Nevada’s first Sound the Alarm campaign.
Sound the Alarm is part of a nationwide effort by the Red Cross to install 100,000 free smoke alarms nationwide. Volunteers worked in teams of installers and educators. While members of a team installed the smoke alarms, the other members provided information to the residents on what to do in case of a fire.
“We know this campaign has saved 420 lives,” said Heidi Ruster, Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Nevada Region. “There were two fires in Las Vegas yesterday, and they made it out because of smoke alarms.”
Helping to promote the event was Shane “Scooter” Christensen of the Harlem Globetrotters. Christensen has performed all over the world, but Las Vegas is home.
“Sound the Alarm is near and dear to my heart because my dad is a retired firefighter,” he said.
Sound the Alarm volunteers included Rick Rozier, deputy fire marshal for the City of Las Vegas. Rozier brought 10 other volunteers with him, including five of the city’s fire inspectors.
“We’ve done our own smaller version of this campaign and included community volunteers,” Rozier said. “It’s good to partner with the Red Cross on this life-saving effort.”
School teacher Brittany Stubitz and a colleague brought five students from the Red Cross Club at East Career Technical Academy.
A large group of volunteers came from Harbro, a fire and restoration company. Each year the company selects a charitable program to support, said Ed Tichner, Harbro project manager in Las Vegas.
“This year we wanted to help out the Red Cross with the Sound the Alarm campaign,” Tichner said. “We have a lot of tie ins with the organization.”
Harbro’s Las Vegas Branch Manager Dan Blackman said the company has supported the Red Cross for a couple of years. At the end of Saturday’s campaign, the company also made a cash donation to the Red Cross.
Alan Diskin, executive director of the Red Cross of Southern Nevada was pleased with the turnout for the first Sound the Alarm campaign.
“I don’t know if we can prevent home fires, but we can save lives by making sure every home has a working smoke alarm,” Diskin said. “To have nearly 100 volunteers show up today and go door-to-door installing alarms and educating residents on what to do in case of a fire is truly inspiring and will help protect this community.”
To reach the 1,000th alarm, the campaign will continue throughout the week and the Southern Nevada community is still urged to call the hotline at 702 697-1797 for a free smoke alarm installation.