September 15, 2017

Grant Expands Grand Rapids' Residential Safety Program

A federal grant awarded to the Grand Rapids Fire Department will continue to fund and expand its Residential Safety Program (RSP). The RSP provides residents with free smoke detectors and home safety assessments. This year's $347,000 award, however, also includes funds to begin to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in homes.

A federal grant awarded to the Grand Rapids Fire Department will continue to fund and expand its Residential Safety Program (RSP). The RSP provides residents with free smoke detectors and home safety assessments. This year's $347,000 award, however, also includes funds to begin to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in homes.
 
This is the fourth FEMA Assistance to Fire Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety grant that the GRFD has received to fund the RSP. In the past five years, GRFD personnel have conducted Home Safety Assessments in more than 7,000 homes. In that time, it has also installed more than 44,556 smoke alarms.
 
Managers are preparing to get the CO detectors and integrate installation into the very successful RSP program. It will likely be December before the CO alarms are available and ready for installation. In the meantime, the fire department encourages homeowners to register for the RSP. To get a home safety assessment and free smoke detectors, contact the City’s 311 operators (or 616-456-3000). Customer service representatives will arrange for a fire department crew to do a safety assessment and install free smoke alarms throughout the home.
 
"The early warning that smoke alarms provide is instrumental in keeping your family safe from injury caused by home fires," Fire Marshal Ric Dokter said.