Columbia Fire Department Asks for Funds

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department will request $2,500 from the city council Monday to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for low income residents.The free alarms program is one of six components to the "Share the Light' program.

This program began in 2001 as a way for residents to contribute to city projects. The services provided through these six projects extend beyond basic services. The six components of the program are:

  • Fire Prevention and Education
  • Arts Programming
  • Community Beautification
  • Youth Recreation Scholarships
  • Public Health
  • Crime Prevention

The Fire Prevention and Education area will assist lower income Columbia residents and older adult citizens obtain smoke alarms for their homes. The service also provides safety and fire prevention education materials to all residents.

Fire Marshal Steven Sapp said this program gives residents the opportunity to protect their homes and families.

"We know that if a working smoke alarm is in a home you have better than a 70 percent chance of surviving that fire," Sapp said.

Residents can stop by the Columbia Fire Department to pick up smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms are free. Residents are asked to provide their name and address. There is no income test associated with the free alarms.