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REPORTING · 12th July 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Fire Chiefs of BC are doing a smoke alarm campaign and Kitimat is joining in. The safety initiative is supported by the fire department but is sponsored by local businesses.

“What we’re trying to do is to get every house in Kitimat to have at least one working smoke alarm. We went to businesses and industry and asked for money to purchase smoke alarms which we can give to those who need them,” said Fire Chief Trent Bossence.

Bossence explained are targeting homes with the elderly and young children first, and build up to everyone having a working smoke alarm.

The Kitimat Fire Department Summer Student Program is already working with local residents to bring the smoke detectors up to snuff.

“There was a study done by one of the universities which showed that most of the house fires in BC did not have a working smoke alarm in the home,” said Kylee Brown.

200 smoke alarms have been ordered already. The summer students are already going door to door. They are also going to drop off smoke alarms to businesses as well.