The Cleveland Division of Fire and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrated the installation of the 150,000th smoke alarm provided through Operation Save-A-Life on Friday December 19, 2014, at 3610 West 155th Street.
“This is a significant milestone in our community and for The Division of Fire,” said Chief of Fire Patrick Kelly. “Almost two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms. Operation Save-A-Life provides these smoke alarms at no cost to residents, increasing the chance of detection and escape from a possible home fire.”
“This is one of our proudest achievements,” said Red Cross CEO Mary Alice-Franks. “Knowing that this program impacts so many lives and that we are a part of it is very fulfilling. Our goal of zero fire fatalities in the City of Cleveland is one that we all hope to meet soon.”
Operation Save-A-Life was founded by Cleveland Businessman Sam Miller in 1992 when Cleveland was experiencing a rise in deaths due to home fires.
For the past 22 years, the Division of Fire and the American Red Cross have been installing properly working smoke alarms in Cleveland homes throughout the city. As a result, the city has seen a continual drop in fire fatalities and witnessed the lowest level of fatalities in the past 100 years.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, the City of Cleveland wants to actively remind the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is dangerous. The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious.
Photographer: Ruggero Fatica
In an effort to further educate on this matter, the City of Cleveland has received complimentary billboard placements from Clear Channel Outdoor warning of the risks involved. The billboard warnings will run from December 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015 at various locations throughout the city.
“In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating,” said Director of Public Safety Micheal McGrath.
“The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away. We hope these billboards will catch the attention of the public and possibly prevent any type of injury or death.”
The City of Cleveland would also like to warn the public on the dangers of celebratory fireworks. Fireworks are not only illegal to possess and discharge without a permit, but they can also be hazardous and ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.
Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood.
The City of Cleveland has extended the sign up period for the Cleveland Police Patrol Officer Entrance Examination. The sign up period has been extended to Friday December 19, 2014. Sign up Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at City Hall, 601 Lakeside avenue.
Click here to download a copy of the Patrol Officer Civil Service Testing Announcement