Fire safety education in Warwick

Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 01, 2018

WARWICK — Two grants will help the Warwick Fire Department educate students and seniors about the best practices in preventing and escaping fires.

About three weeks ago, the department learned its applications for Student Awareness of Fire Education grants had been accepted.

The first grant, for educating Warwick Community School students, is $1,708, while the second, for educating local seniors, is $2,115.

According to Fire Chief Ron Gates, some of the money will go toward teaching sessions for students and their parents and seniors, as well as informational materials to be handed out to residents.

“It’s about being prepared,” said Gates of the education aspect of the grant.

“Have two ways out, practice getting out, practice setting off the alarms.”

Other money will go toward smoke detectors, which the Fire Department hands out for free to residents who do not have them.

The grant comes less than a year after a house fire killed five — a mother and four of her five children — on Richmond Road. Gates said it is probable the home’s smoke detector was not working.

According to Gates, many residents have been asking for free smoke detectors, and others have had their smoke detectors tested.

At least three of the 14 Warwick firefighters will be at teaching sessions throughout the year, Gates said.

In the past, the Fire Department has hosted a “Fire Safety Day” for the entire town, as well as teaching about fire safety at the school each year. Gates said the SAFE grants will help to continue and increase such educational programs.