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DP&L donates smoke alarms to agencies on Eastern Shore

Partnership program aims to build relationships with emergency responders

ZACK HOOPES ¦ Staff Writer


William E. Barnard, Maryland State Fire Marshal, center, explains Tuesday how public and private partnerships positively impact the safety of Maryland residents with the donation of 640 smoke alarms from Delmarva Power. He was joined by other state fire safety officials at Delmarva Power’s office in Salisbury. 
PHOTO COURTESY DELMARVA POWER William E. Barnard, Maryland State Fire Marshal, center, explains Tuesday how public and private partnerships positively impact the safety of Maryland residents with the donation of 640 smoke alarms from Delmarva Power. He was joined by other state fire safety officials at Delmarva Power’s office in Salisbury.PHOTO COURTESY DELMARVA POWER(Nov. 16, 2012) Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program will distribute 640 smoke alarms throughout the Eastern Shore in the coming weeks as part of a donation that the company says is designed to foster relationships with the agencies it works with during times of crisis.

“Our Emergency Services Partnership Program is committed to supporting the men and women of volunteer and career fire service organizations,” Delmarva Power Regional Vice President John Allen said in a press release.

“These new sealed lithium battery alarms were recommended by the Maryland

State Fire Marshal’s Office as one way to help provide another level of protection for residential fire safety.”

The alarms will be distributed through the state fire marshal’s office to those who would otherwise be unable to afford or have difficulty getting a smoke detector. The 600 standard alarms feature sealed lithium batteries with 10 years of life. Forty alarms are for the hearing impaired and feature higher volumes and strobe lights.

The Emergency Services Partnership Program has been distributing alarms for the past 12 years, according to Delmarva

Power Regional

Representat ive

Matt Likovich.

“It’s a program that we created to assist public safety offices and first responders,” he said. “We concentrate on building relationships with agencies so that when a disaster hits, we can communicate effectively.”

Delmarva Power frequently relies on local agencies to provide traffic and other support when pole replacement or other construction is occurring Likovich said. And by the same token, local agencies rely on Delmarva Power to provide technical support during emergencies, such as during Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago, when Delmarva Power preemptively cut electricity to parts of Ocean City’s flooded downtown.

“It’s a two-way street,” Likovich said. “We have to keep the lines of communication open. [The alarm donation] is a gesture that we use to maintain an open dialogue with the public and emergency management agencies.”

“The Office of the State Fire Marshal encourages residents to enlist multilevels of protection against possible injury and death from fire and smoke,” Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said. “By working with Delmarva Power, we are able to increase our resources and extend our reach into the community to those people who need the most help.”

“Even if you’re not getting one of these smoke alarms, the fact that we do this once a year is a good reminder to get one or to change your batteries,” Likovich said.

Additional organizations supporting this effort include the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and Maryland Fire Chief’s Association.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and Harris Communications of Minnesota provided these alarms to Delmarva Power at a reduced cost to help support this safety effort.

Since 2000, Delmarva Power has donated 17,000 regular smoke alarms, 1,042 special needs smoke alarms and 1,650 carbon monoxide alarms to fire safety officials in Delaware and Maryland.

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