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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, January 27, 2011

amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

FIRE MARSHAL TO DISTRIBUTE BATTERIES
FOR OPERATION SAFE SENIOR AT
ANNUAL STATE FIRE SCHOOL

Ames, IOWA --- In its efforts to cover more Iowans with working smoke detectors, this weekend the Office of the State Fire Marshal will distribute 13,000 nine-volt batteries to fire departments across the state.  Local firefighters can participate in Operation Safe Senior when their department pledges to check for and install the free batteries in smoke detectors at the homes of seniors when dispatched for welfare checks, home hazard inspections and medical calls.  The program was created through a partnership with the Iowa Department on Aging, American Red Cross, and Energizer Batteries, in hopes of protecting the Greatest Generation from the life-threatening effects of home fires.  In Iowa alone over the last 5 years, more than 25 percent of the state’s fire fatalities were citizens over the age of 65.

WHAT: Kick-Off to Operation Safe Senior: 9-Volt Battery Distribution
Annual State Fire School
   
WHEN: Saturday, January 29, 2011
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   
WHERE: Scheman Building
ISU Campus
Ames, Iowa
   
WHO: Ray Reynolds, State Fire Marshal
Fire Service Training Bureau
Iowa Firefighters
   

To learn more about the exciting awards presentations and events occurring at the Annual State Fire School click here.

 

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