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American Red Cross Partners with Cumberland Fire Department on Fire Outreach Campaign

Fire Safety

CONTACT:  Brittany Fowler
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410.624.2085 (Media Line)


Cumberland, MD – (October XX, 2014) – The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region has partnered with the Cumberland Fire Department on a smoke alarm installation campaign in South Cumberland following the fatal fire on Grand Avenue on October 23, 2014. The initiative is part of the national American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign designed to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

A door knocking operation will take place Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where teams consisting of an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health representative, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team member, and a Cumberland Fire Department representative will speak with residents to distribute fire safety materials and create a fire evacuation plan, gauge community resiliency following last weeks fire and install smoke alarms in homes that are not properly equipped.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the Cumberland Fire Department on this campaign as part of a national Red Cross initiative to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries over the next five years,” said Nicholas Geier, Executive Director of the Western Maryland territory. “Following last weeks fire we want the community to feel safe in their homes and have a plan in the event of a fire incident.”

“Last week’s fire was a community tragedy and we are thrilled to be able to partner with the Red Cross on this endeavor to provide smoke alarms to those who need them,” said Donald Dunn, Chief of the Cumberland Fire Department. “This joint effort will drive home the importance of smoke alarms.”

Residents not in the exact neighborhood being canvassed, but living in Cumberland, who are in need of a smoke alarm can contact the Cumberland Fire Department directly at 301-759-6485 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to request a smoke alarm installation at their residence.

About the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region (
On average the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland families two to three times each day after disasters including emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.

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