FROM TOPEKA FIRE -- The Topeka Fire Department has received numerous requests for “free” smoke alarms, in recent days. In an effort to clarify the department’s initiative the following information is provided:
In January of 2010 the department initiated an effort aimed at providing working smoke alarms in single-family, residential dwellings or homes wherein the owners either could not afford or might not otherwise be able to provide working smoke alarms.
The department has been working with a very limited supply of these alarms therefore careful consideration is being exercised regarding distribution of them (such as requesting residents have been required to attend a Fire Safety Education related workshop, where they then would sign-up for and request the amount of alarms needed; after which members of the department and Topeka Firefighters Local 83 would coordinate a time to have the alarms physically installed, by firefighters, into the homes.)
To date the department has partnered with Community Action Head Start; Coyote Canyon; Batteries Plus; Topeka Firefighters local 83; Hillcrest and Central Park Community Centers and our local Wal-Mart Supercenter store to make theses alarms, batteries and installations possible.