NEW YORK — The American Red Cross is proud to support FDNY during their City-wide open house events celebrating the institution’s 150-year anniversary. On Saturday May 2, 2015, more than 200 trained Red Cross volunteers will be stationed at firehouses and ems stations across the five boroughs, talking to residents about fire and life safety and scheduling free smoke alarm installations.
“We are proud to stand alongside FDNY and celebrate this tremendous 150-year milestone while helping save lives,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO, Greater NY Red Cross.
This effort on May 2 is part of a national Red Cross safety program to reduce fire deaths and injuries by promoting the use of smoke alarms and helping residents with their escape plans.
The Red Cross knows all too well the impact that home fire can have on our communities. Anywhere between five and twenty times a day, the Red Cross works together with NYC firefighters following local fires and other emergencies. As FDNY heroes put out the flames and keep residents safe, Red Cross volunteers are on scene as well to help our neighbors recover. And as we have seen in recent weeks, these incidents all too often prove fatal.
“Thank you to the Red Cross for all they do to help New Yorkers after disasters large and small,” said FDNY Commissioner Nigro, “and thank you for working with the FDNY to make fire safety a priority here in our great City.”
Among those taking part in the day’s activities will be volunteers from several local Red Cross partner organizations including, All Hands Volunteers, City Year, Friends of Rockaway, Habitat for Humanity—New York City, Henry Street Settlement, H&M, JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, JetBlue, NY Cares, NYC Service, Rebuilding Together NYC, Siller Foundation, Wells Fargo, World Cares Center and Zurich.
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