Quite a Beautiful Day in Jersey City to Mark 1,000 Smoke Alarm Installations

By Red Cross Volunteer Carmella Ditmars

Another long day, but what a great day in Jersey City — 180 smoke alarm installs and a lot of smiling faces!  Some familiar faces from other events, some new faces to become new friends. Jersey City Department of Public Safety, Fire Department and CERT were such a help to us and our goal to make families safer.

We are really starting to get the hang of this in North Jersey. How far we have come from a very rainy October day in Perth Amboy to the team sharing the success of crushing through our 1,000th smoke alarm installation.

We have learned a lot during these fire safety canvassing events:

  • we prefer the nice weather to the cold weather;
  • canvassing when the temperature is 11C is cold no matter how many layers you wear;
  • our team smiles more after their morning coffee;
  • pens do freeze in the cold weather; and
  • our team really smiles at the end of the day when they hear the total numbers of fire safety discussions and smoke alarm installations.

Long day, sore feet but no matter what the conditions, everyone leaves with a sense of accomplishment and knowing we’ve done something really special.

Red Cross volunteer Carmella Ditmars plays a key role with coordination of Home Fire Preparedness Campaign canvassing events in the North Jersey Region. She's pictured here inside our Emergency Response Vehicle replenishing supplies and bringing refreshments to the volunteer teams canvassing in Jersey City on April 11, 2015.

Red Cross volunteer Carmella Ditmars plays a key role with coordination of Home Fire Preparedness Campaign canvassing events in the North Jersey Region. She’s pictured here inside our Emergency Response Vehicle replenishing supplies and bringing refreshments to the volunteer teams canvassing in Jersey City on April 11, 2015.

VIEW PHOTOS from the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

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2 Responses

  1. Congratulations Team!

    Great job helping our communities be better prepared for the highest frequency disaster in the U.S. – home fires.

    Keep the momentum going as we expand this program across New Jersey!

    – Mike Prasad.

  2. Update – on the last week in April, the North Jersey Region exceeded 1500 installations and more are scheduled… Congratulations to all of the volunteers, partners and staff on helping make New Jersey a safer place to live!

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