The City of Bluefield Fire Department received a $6,115 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Award from State Farm, to purchase smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for the community.
“Smoke detectors save lives,” said Bluefield Fire Chief Rick Cary. “It should be mandatory that all people have smoke detectors.”
“Smoke detectors increase the likelihood of surviving a fire by over 50 percent,” said Brandon Disney, State Farm Agent for Bluefield.
In October, the fire department will visit elementary schools during National Fire Prevention Week, teaching kids how to escape and survive a fire emergency.
“It’s not the fire that usually kills people, it’s the smoke that builds up inside of the house,” said Chief Cary.
“The training teaches kids what to do if their clothes are on fire,” said Captain Matthew Pettrey, City of Bluefield Fire Department.
Part of the monies received from the grant will be used to purchase a fire dog suit for “Sparky,” a costumed character that assists fire officials during training, teaching fire safety to kids in a fun way.
Anyone in the city who needs a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector can receive them at the City of Bluefield Fire Department.