(MITCHELL) – More volunteers are needed to help install fire alarms on Saturday, May 18 in Mitchell to make homes safer. The American Red Cross is working with the Mitchell Fire Department on a home fire canvassing event for the south side of the town. The job is easy and fun as teams go door to door and educate families while installing free 10-year smoke alarms.
Seven times a day someone in the United States dies in a house fire. The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaigns work with local fire departments and volunteers to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. Anyone who wishes to help should meet at the Mitchell Fire Station on Doc Hamilton Blvd (across from the water tower) at 9:30 am. After a training session, the teams will work until 3:30 pm with a break for lunch. Teena Ligman, local Red Cross disaster volunteer said, “Often teams are having so much fun they don’t want to quit so we’re running this one a little longer than some we’ve done in the past to maximize how much we can cover.
Mitchell Fire Chief Tyler Duncan said the Mitchell VFD volunteers, as well as some of the Marion Township VFD volunteers, will be knocking on doors and helping to install the alarms.
More volunteers are needed to help with the campaign Ligman explains, “The process is simple and requires no advanced training. We meet at the Mitchell Fire Station on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a training/orientation session, then we are assigned teams and equipment, and are provided maps of our areas.” The Red Cross and Fire Department welcome any individuals or groups who wish to help with the project. Duncan said, “The more teams we have, the more homes will be safe at the end of the day.”
The high-quality smoke alarms the teams will install contain sealed 10-year batteries. They are provided by the Red Cross at no charge. For more information, or to help with the campaign, contact Maria Carrasquillo at 812-275-5162. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.