Smoke Alarm Project helps senior citizens with fire and fall safety

Early in October, the Casper Fire Department stepped in to aid a handful of senior citizens to help them get equipped with smoke alarms. Casper Fire Captain Justin Smith told us that before the big day in October his crews visited a local senior citizen center and signed up just over a hundred seniors who needed smoke alarms installed in their homes. "Of those 100 we spoke with, we visited roughly eighty of the homes the first day and installed smoke alarms in their homes. We installed alarms with 10-year battery lift to avoid having them changed and adding to the fall risk," said Captain Smith. Through the whole process, fire crews with assistance from the Casper College Fire Science students, managed to visit 96 homes. Smith told us they continue to assist others and are still having seniors call to sign up. "This whole process started with a partnership between the Reveille Rotary Club and Casper Fire in 2014. Word up mouth spread, and AARP, Casper/Natrona Health Department stepped in, and the Blue Envelope Health Fund came to help." Smith reported that the Blue Envelope Health Fund donated $12,000 to the project, AARP chimed in $2,000 and Rotary donated $3,000. "These generous donations allowed us to expand our project and visit more homes, as well as created funds for future homes. We want to continue to help people into and throughout the new year." Captain Smith also told us that while installing smoke alarms, the crews also helped to educate folks on fall prevention. #oilcity #headsup #news