Seminole County Fire Department will utilize the grant to provide smoke alarms to the at risk communities including elderly, youth under 5 and the hearing impaired
From the Seminole County Newsroom
Seminole County Board of County Commissioners and Seminole County Fire Department was awarded the Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $169,504.76. Seminole County is required to contribute non-Federal funds equal to or greater than 5.00% of the Federal funds awarded which is a total of $8,475.24 for a total of $177,980.00 for Fiscal Year 2019.
Seminole County Fire Department will utilize the FP&S grant regionally to include all City Fire Departments located in Seminole County to provide smoke alarms to the at risk communities including elderly, youth under 5 and the hearing impaired. The alarms provided throughout the community will be 10 year alarms sealed with a lithium battery. Hearing impaired alarms will alert occupants by a vibrating pillow shaker alarm. The goal is to have 4,400 alarms purchased and installed within a 12 month period.
“Seminole County experienced tremendous growth in the last 30 years and we find during smoke alarm installations that many homes have the original smoke alarms that often are not functioning properly,” said Otto Drozd III, Seminole County Fire Chief. Seminole County Fire Department has installed over 3,000 alarms in the last five years in partnership with the American Red Cross. “This grant will provide additional smoke alarms to improve the fire survival and injury rates in the community,” added Drozd.
Seminole County Fire Department thanks the leadership from the local, State and Federal levels for the support to secure this grant funding that will improve the safety of our residents for years to come.