Morenci Fire Department giving free smoke detectors 12.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci Fire Department members offered free smoke detectors at their open house celebration last summer. They got rid of a few.

Now they’re taking their effort one step further: a free detector with free installation.

Two house fires with fatalities in the past two years have left firefighters frustrated, knowing there’s an absence of smoke detectors in many homes.

There’s a sign-up sheet in the fire hall for members to choose an evening when they’re able to go out with tools and a ladder and get some detectors hung up.

“We’re ready to go with this,” said department member Kim Valentine. “And we’re not in the business of doing fire inspections. We just want to get some detectors up.”

Valentine said the volunteers will answer questions that citizens might have about fire safety, but their goal is to save lives through working smoke detectors.

The department has a list of a few people who have called in the past.  Auxiliary member Alice Lonis will assist with scheduling installation appointments. Anyone else interested in free detectors should call the fire department at 458-2301.

The department has about 40 detectors on hand that were purchased by the Morenci Kiwanis Club. When those are gone—and Valentine hopes that will be soon—the department will seek funding for additional detectors.

The number of detectors installed will depend on the layout of the house.

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