Earlier this week, Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley, Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock and Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley met to discuss ways to increase public awareness about fire prevention efforts in our community.
“We are collectively saddened by the recent fires throughout Maine that resulted in the loss of four people, one of whom was a member of our local community,” they said, in a joint March 3 news release. “As we mourn these losses, we need to remember that it is up to every one of us to prevent these types of events from happening again.
“The best way we can do this is to make sure that our homes are as safe as possible. For all of us, this means making sure we have working smoke alarms on every level of our home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area, smoke alarm maintenance and interconnection.
“It also means we should have carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of our home, outside of sleeping areas, and around carbon monoxide producing appliances. Lastly, it means taking the time to make sure things like overloaded extension cords, flammable liquids and excess clutter around heat sources are removed.
“For your Fire Departments, making sure these events do not happen again means helping you make your homes as safe as possible. This can be through answering questions, providing resources, or helping you install the right alarms in the right places. The Fire Departments in Camden, Rockland and Rockport are joined together and committed to providing our community with the resources you need to prevent fires in the home. Our Firefighters are ready to come to your home to assist you. We are at our fire stations to meet with you, provide guidance or provide smoke detectors. Our ‘Home Safety Initiative’ is here for your benefit. In this initiative, we encourage you to contact your local Fire Department if you need any of the following:
- Smoke/CO alarm placement guidance
- Smoke/CO alarm placement installation
- Home safety surveys – looking for life safety issues in your home
- Smoke and CO detectors for those who cannot afford them
- Help with Exit Drills in the Home planning
- Answers to any other questions about home safety concerns
“We have received a sizeable donation from the Camden Rotary Foundation to pursue this. However, to ensure this service remains available to those in need, any donations, from citizens or businesses, can be made to the non-profit, tax-deductible:
Pacific Engine Company
PO Box 142
Rockport, Maine 04856
Attention: Home Safety Campaign
“Call us to arrange help with smoke or carbon monoxide detectors and home safety surveys. Thank you for your help in keeping our communities safe.”
Camden Fire Department: 207-236-7950
Rockland Fire Department: 207-594-0318
Rockport Fire Department: 207-236-4437