FREE SMOKE DETECTORS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO QUALIFIED RURAL RESIDENTS

FREE SMOKE DETECTORS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO QUALIFIED RURAL RESIDENTS

Free smoke detectors are being distributed by 10 of Doña Ana County’s 16 volunteer fire departments. The smoke detectors were obtained through a grant secured by Rebecca Amati, a four-year volunteer of the South Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a 12-year veteran of volunteer firefighting.

Amati said she worked closely with Region II Emergency Medical Services, Inc., to secure the grant from the Injury Prevention and EMS Bureau of the New Mexico Public Health Division. She secured $1,500 to purchase 250 smoke detectors. Lowe’s Home Improvement Center of Las Cruces donated an additional 250 smoke detectors to support the public safety initiative.

The smoke detectors sound an 85-decibel alarm when smoke is detected in a home. They also feature a low-battery warning.

Amati said the smoke detectors will be distributed to families based on financial need, with particular emphasis on families who live in mobile homes and on residences where small children and/or senior citizens reside.

“The idea behind the program is to save lives and speed response times,” Amati said. “Thanks to the grant and the generosity of Lowe’s, we’re hopeful that many families in Doña Ana County will be spared the hurt, inconvenience and hardship caused by fire.”

To apply for one of the free smoke detectors, visit Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office at 1170 N. Solano Drive in Las Cruces or call (505) 647-7921. The application forms are short and easy to understand, and processing an application can usually occur within three business days.

All smoke detectors distributed as part of this program will be professionally installed by volunteer firefighters. Participating departments include La Mesa, Organ, Rincon, La Union, Chaparral, Mesquite, Garfield, Chamberino, Sunland Park and Mesilla. Each department chief has brochures (in English & Spanish) and a waiver of liability for interested residents.