Kevin O’Brien, minister of municipal affairs and minister responsible for fire and emergency services-Newfoundland and Labrador, , was at the C.B.S. Fire Department on Tuesday announcing details of the second phase of the Alarmed and Ready N.L. Challenge.
Minister Kevin O’Brien stands in front one of the fire vehicles of the C.B.S. Fire Department on Tuesday. As minister responsible for fire and emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador, O’Brien helped announce Phase 2 of the Alarmed and Ready N.L. Challenge that aims to see every resident of the province have a working fire alarm on each floor of their home. — Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram
The challenge will see members of local fire departments going door to door to see if people have a working smoke alarm for every floor of their home. If not, local firefighters will hand out a brand new alarm for free or new batteries if needed for existing alarms.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada donated $15,000 for the first phase of the challenge and has donated another $15,000 for this phase, the focus of which is to purchase smoke alarms and batteries to give out to residents of the province.
While the undertaking doesn’t involve any provincial money, O’Brien said the government does help spread the word of the campaign and help out any other way it can.
“It enables the volunteer firefighters to go door to door and interact with the public,” he said.
The minister added that the smoke alarm is the first line of defence people have against fires.
The Alarmed and Ready N.L. Challenge helps to promote the provincial regulation requiring every residence to have working smoke alarms installed.