For Immediate Release: June 20, 2018

Contact: Ben Powell at 919-807-6017

State Fire Marshal Mike Causey organizes statewide smoke alarm canvass to prevent fire deaths

RALEIGH -- As the number of fire deaths continues to rise in North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, has organized a team of firefighters and volunteers to be out in force on Saturday — not to battle a blaze or answer medical calls, but to conduct a smoke alarm canvass in local neighborhoods across the state.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday June 23, 2018, the Office of State Fire Marshal will join forces with the American Red Cross, Kidde, Nationwide Insurance, and dozens of fire departments statewide to install more than 3,300 smoke alarms in homes across North Carolina. Kidde donated 750 smoke alarms to this event.

“While the Office of State Fire Marshal has conducted many smoke alarm canvasses, we have never canvassed the entire state in one day with free smoke alarm installations,” said Commissioner Causey. “We want to educate as many people as possible and more importantly, provide them with smoke alarms and the resources they need to take extra precautions from home fires,” Commissioner Causey added.

The door-to-door event aims to prevent fire deaths in North Carolina through fire prevention education and the installation of new smoke alarms in homes that need them.

OSFM organizers, American Red Cross volunteers, and fire department members will be checking homes for the presence of working smoke alarms and installing new ones where needed at no charge to residents.

So far in 2018, there have been 91 fire deaths in North Carolina and in many of those incidents there was no working smoke alarm present. To put that in perspective, in the entire year of 2017, 83 people lost their lives in North Carolina because of fire.

Working in conjunction with local volunteers and firefighters, OSFM organizers will be stationed at three locations with more than 300 smoke alarms ready for distribution from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23:

The statewide smoke alarm canvass also features 89 events across the state (spreadsheet of locations and contact information included).

With the assistance of Kidde, fire departments in at least 30 other locations across the state will each be receiving 60 smoke alarms and accompanying materials from OSFM.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey encourages all fire departments in North Carolina to participate in the statewide smoke alarm canvass and all media covering the event to post pictures on social media using #NCSmokeAlarmCanvass and #SoundTheAlarm.

For more information, contact Shannon Bullock, Deputy Director, Injury Prevention, Office of State Fire Marshal at 919.218.3396 or Shannon.Bullock@ncdoi.gov.

For more information about smoke alarms and fire safety, visit the OSFM website.

Statewide Smoke Alarm Canvassing Event | June 23, 2018

County

Department

Contact Name

Phone

Alamance

Burlington Fire Department

David Sharp 

336-516-7359

Alamance

North Eastern Alamance Vol. Fire Department

Donnie West

336-263-5027

Alamance

Haw River Fire Department

Taylor Beaver

336-578-1355

Ashe

Warrensville Vol. Fire & Rescue

Dawn Zachary 

336-977-2815

Bertie

Powellsville Vol. Fire Department

Cecil Hollomon

252-287-5169

Bladen

Elizabethtown Fire Department

Kenneth Clark

910-991-5143

Brunswick

Ocean Isle Fire Department

Chuck Rash

910-579-2804

Brunswick

Leland Vol. Fire/Rescue Department

Ronnie Hayes 

910-367-2388

Buncombe

Broadriver Vol. Fire & Rescue

Bruce Cook

828-669-0488

Buncombe

Asheville Fire Department

Kelly Heinz

828-259-5636

Burke

Morganton Dept. of Public Safety

J Campbell

828-432-2676

Burke

West End Vol. Fire Department

Mike Willis

828-413-5229

Cabarrus

Concord Fire Department

Adam Ryerson

704-920-5535

Cabarrus

Kannapolis Fire Department

Maria Bostian

704-920-4282

Caldwell

Little River Fire Department

Steve Brown 

828-754-9505

Carteret

Harkers Island Fire & Rescue Department

Chad Mann

252-728-4761

Carteret

Morehead City Fire Department

Dykeman Baily 

252-726-5040

Carteret

Beaufort Fire Department

Richard Lovick 

252-728-4325

Catawba

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue

Eugene Earp

828-478-2131

Catawba

Conover Fire Department

Mark Hinson 

828-464-1295

Catawba

Hickory Fire Department

Terri Byers

828-323-7521

Chatham

North Chatham Vol. Fire Department

Ronnie Page

919-542-3380

Cherokee

Unaka Vol. Fire Department

Ann Lukens

828-837-5712

Cherokee

Ranger Vol. Fire Dept

Mandy Francis

828 557 1918

Chowan

Edenton Fire Department

Anne Marie Knighton

252-482-7352

Cleveland

Waco Community Vol. Fire Department

Willie Williams

704-435-3212

Columbus

Whiteville Fire Department

David Yergeau

910-642-3112

Columbus

Columbus County Fire Marshal's Office

Shannon Blackman 

910-640-6610

Cumberland

Cumberland Road Vol. Fire Department

Angie Cimino-Locklear

910-495-4299

Cumberland

Fayetteville Fire Department

James Everitte 

919-433-1413

Cumberland

Spring Lake Fire Department

Jason Williams

910-263-1320

Dare

Kill Devil Hills Fire Department

Troy Tilley

252-480-4060

Davidson

Fair Grove Fire Department

Joseph Rudisill

336-472-7711

Davidson

Davidson Fire Department

Reuben  Fitzgerald

704-437-6743

Duplin

Kenansville Fire Department

Danny Chambers 

910-290-2761

Durham

Durham Fire Department

Carol Reardon

919-560-4242

Edgecombe

Rocky Mount Fire Department

Blaise Harris

252-972-1490

Forsyth

Rural Hall Fire & Rescue

Andy Marshal / Eric Stewart

336-969-9171

Forsyth

Winston Salem Fire Department

Sabrina Stowe

336-773-7979

Forsyth

Vienna Vol. Fire Department

Tim Lasley

336-945-5631

Franklin

Louisburg Fire Department

Randy Lanham 

919-496-4290

Gaston

Mount Holly Fire & Rescue Services

Clint Laughlin

704-822-2927

Gaston

Union Road Vol. Fire Department

Craig Hufsteler

704-865-2611

Graham

Graham Vol. Fire Department

Beau Russell

828-479-7967

Guilford

Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire District

Holt Alcon

336-299-4421

Guilford

Colfax Vol. Fire Department

Roger Frazier 

336-993-4931

Guilford

Greensboro Fire Department

Tim Henshaw 

336-373-2032

Halifax

Roanoke Rapids Fire Department

Stacy Coggins

252-676-3081

Harnett

Angier & Black River Fire Department

Jason Nesbit

919-639-6234

Haywood

Waynesville Fire Department

D Calhoun

828-456-6151

Henderson

Valley Hill Fire & Rescue Department

Chris McDowell 

828-692-2581

Henderson

Hendersonville Fire Department

Justin Ward

828-697-3024

Iredell

Statesville Fire Department

Jayne Johnson

704-878-3425

Iredell

Mooresville Fire Department

Shane LaCount

704-664-1338

Lenoir

Southwood Vol. Fire Department

Craig Jarman

252-286-1936

Madison

Marshal Community Vol. Fire Department

Regina Bishop

828-649-2660

Martin

Williamston Fire/Rescue/EMS

Stacey Pipin

252-792-3521

McDowell

McDowell County Emergency Management

Craig Walker  

828-652-3982

Mecklenburg

Charlotte Fire Department

Amy Rea

704-336-3974

Mecklenburg

Robinson Vol. Fire Department

Robert Honeycutt

704-536-6876

Moore

Aberdeen Fire Department

Phillip Richardson

910-944-7888

Moore

Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Association

Rich Lambdin

910-949-2400

New Hanover

New Hanover County Fire/Rescue

Britney Melvin 

910-298-7336

Onslow

Jacksonville Fire Department

J. Reed 

910-938-5215

Orange

Orange County Fire Marshal's Office

Jason Shepherd

919-245-6151

Orange

Chapel Hill Fire Department

Matt Sullivan

919-968-2781

Orange

Carrboro Fire Department

Ray Enoch 

919-918-7352

Pender

Surf City Fire Department

Tim VanPelt

910-329-1260

Pitt

Greenville Fire & Rescue Department

Rebekah Thurston 

252-329-4404

Polk

Town of Columbus Fire Department

Andrew Kegley

828-894-3667

Polk

Tryon Vol. Fire Department

Geoff Tenant  

828-859-9566

Randolph

Westmoore Vol. Fire Department

David Kennedy

910-464-2367

Robeson

Lumberton Fire Department

Chris West

910-301-0726

Robeson

Evans Crossroads Vol. Fire Department

Derrick Dial

910-734-3035

Robeson

Smyrna Township Vol. Fire Department

Jerry Waggoner 

910-516-0448

Robeson

Orrum Township Vol. Fire Department

Steve Britt

910-785-0316

Rockingham

Mayodan Fire Department

Dee Shelton

336-554-2906

Rowan

East Spencer Fire Department

Monica Seamon

704-633-0055

Rowan

Locke Township Fire Department

Rusty Alexander

704-633-7285

Rowan

Granite Quarry Fire Department

Sean Dunham  

704-279-5596

Rutherford

Spindale Fire Department

Aaron Keever

828-286-3465

Rutherford

Rutherfordton Fire Department

Wendy Craig

828-287-3529

Stanly

Stanly County Emergency Management

Daniel Barham 

704-986-3656

Surry

Elkin Fire Department

Theresa  Knops

336-794-6481

Transylvania

Rosman Fire/Rescue Inc.

Richard Lanning

828-862-4000

Union

Monroe Fire Department

Katie Hinson

704-282-4734

Vance

Henderson Fire Department

Lee Edwards

252-432-5108

Wake

Wendell Holmes Rural Fire Department

Brian Amerson

919-365-3635

Wake

Morrisville Fire & Rescue Department

Foy Jenkins

919-463-6121

Wilkes

Wilkesboro Fire Department

Jackie Wright

336-667-6228

Wilkes

North Wilkesboro Fire Department

Jimmy Martin

336-838-2552

Wilson

Wilson Fire/Rescue Services

Shauna Allen

252-399-2841

Yadkin

Courtney Vol. Fire Department

Larry Chappell

336-463-5551

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