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    My department is going to start a free smoke detector program. Does anyone know of any companies that donate smoke detectors to fire departments for this purpose? Any info would help me out greatly.

    Thanks
    Andrew J. LaPrise

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    I'm the Fire Prevention Coordinator for my department and have jsut recently started the same program. So far I've not received any response from the letters I sent to the large retailers in my area. I'm trying places like home improvement stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards...)and such. I seem to be getting a fairly good response from my local Lion's Club though. They heard of my idea and asked for details so i sent them a letter with the info they requested. I guess they will be voting on it this Saturday.

    You might want to give some of your smaller local groups (Lion's, Kiwanis, Free Mason's......) a try. You might be surprised.

    Good Luck

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    • #3
      If you go to the websites of the major retailers (Home Depot, Lowes, WalMart, etc) you will find that there are links to their Foundations, which are community-assistance oriented and also for their local community assistance programs. Home Depot especially prides themselves on helping like that. If you have recieved no response, my guess would be that you might be talking to the wrong person.
      PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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      • #4
        have you contacted your local Red Cross chapter. I was interested in a program like this awhile back and that was the organization I was referred to.
        NREMT-P\ Reserve Volunteer Firefighter\Reserve Police Officer
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        • #5
          In The Omaha, NE metro area we had a program sponsored by the local Health/Safety Council. They provided smoke detectors and batteries.
          The local depts would then install them or change the batteries.

          We still have a few left, but I do not know if the program still exists. Also check with the state fire marshall's office or office of EMS.
          Remember,

          If you don't respond.....who will

          IACOJ EMS Bureau Member
          IACOJ Member

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          • #6
            I see that you are from Michigan. I don't know if this will make a difference or not but the fire dept. where I live in has a program just like you are trying to start. I don’t know where they get them from but I bet they would be more than happy to talk to you. It’s the City of Marquette (way up in the U.P.)
            They have had this program for a number of years and it’s been really big. They have a web site that you can e-mail them www.mqtcty.org This is the cities web site just go to the fire dept. Section and you can e-mail them from there.

            I think that it's great that you want to do this!
            Good Luck!
            The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn...

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            • #7
              Hey George,

              Thanks for the help. I'm going to give the web sites a try.

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              • #8
                Maybe insurance companies...

                We have kicked this idea around a few times but that is about it, we were told by some other departments in Alabama to contact insurance companies that sell homeowner's insurance. Just an idea, hope it helps and good luck!
                Matt Griffin
                Chief
                Eastern Chilton County Division of Fire, Rescue, and EMS, Station 91.

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