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Akron, Ohio

Akron Fire Department Receives FEMA Grant for Fire Prevention and Safety Efforts

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 09-06-2017

Akron, Ohio, September 6, 2017 The City of Akron Fire Department has been notified they will receive a 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $108,627. The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent deaths among high-risk populations.

With the grant dollars received, the Akron Fire Department will not only be able to re-establish activities from their Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign from 2014, but will also continue to partner with the American Red Cross in the endeavor to make every home within our community safe by providing smoke alarms and home safety check information.  The Akron Fire Department installed more than 3000 smoke alarms within the past year in partnership with the American Red Cross. 

Mayor Horrigan commends Akron Fire for receiving this grant and for the astounding work they do in the community: “Our Fire Department is constantly going above and beyond for our residents, not only by putting their lives on the line, but by striving for more community outreach and education and by being creative with sources for funding for fire-related community programs. This is another example of firefighters saving lives, but this time through community education surrounding fire prevention.”

AFD has strong data showing that many homes within our city have no working smoke alarms, or may have outdated smoke alarms that do not function properly. The goal is to ensure that there are adequate working smoke alarms in every home in Akron.  Fire Chief Clarence Tucker states, “We are grateful to be chosen for this award.  This is a great opportunity to continue our dedication to safety while we strengthen the relationship with our residents.”

The mission of the AFD is to protect the lives, property, and the environment within the community by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and hazardous conditions. This grant will help this mission by increasing the knowledge of Akron citizens about fire hazards and properly assessing those hazards, which would lead to safer living conditions.

For more information, please contact Akron Fire Lieutenant Sierjie Lash at (330) 217-5115 or [email protected].

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