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DE Volunteer Firefighters Association tout benefits of “Wake Up Delaware” program - State of Delaware

Thursday, July 19, 2018

DE Volunteer Firefighters Association tout benefits of “Wake Up Delaware” program

The Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association (DVFA) has partnered up with all three county councils to continue its “Wake Up Delaware” program. These councils, which include the Kent County Levy Court, New Castle County Council and Sussex County Council all, have awarded grants to local county fire associations so they can provide free smoke detectors and batteries for residents via the respective Delaware fire companies.

These grants started with a $15,000 grant that the Sussex County Council awarded to the Sussex County Firefighters Association. The Kent County Levy Court and the New Castle County Council then followed suit.

The program, which has been distributing smoke alarms and detectors since 2002, handed out 120,000 alarms to residents last year. 2011 also saw the fewest fire deaths (two) in Delaware since record-keeping began in 1970.

County Firefighters and County Council Partner on Successful Program to Save Lives Since 2002, citizens across Delaware have had access to free smoke alarms and batteries through the “Wake Up Delaware Program”.

Initially, Federal Grants provided to the State Firefighters Association with hundreds of smoke alarms to help protect Delaware citizens. When the program funding came to an end, concerned Firefighters looked for ways to continue the program.

Results of the “Wake Up Delaware” were clearly positive with a rise in homes protected by smoke alarms and more importantly a reduction in Fire Deaths.

The Sussex County Council agreed to help local firefighters. The Council stepped up with a $15,000 grant to continue to provide smoke alarms to local Fire Departments.

As Sussex County Council took the lead soon Kent County Levy Court and New Castle County Council agreed to assist their local firefighters also.

Through the program last year 120,000 smoke alarms were made available to citizens statewide.

Calendar Year 2011 showed the fewest fire deaths occurring in Delaware since records have been kept in 1970. Only one death occurred in Sussex County.

The Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters Association and the County Council ask you to check your smoke alarms, replace the batteries with the change of the clocks, spring and fall and discuss a home escape plan with your family.

If you need a smoke alarm contact your local fire department.

Additional information may be viewed at the following web pages:

• WGMD Radio Station 92.7 -

• Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association –

• Other state and county associations:

Kent County Firefighters Association -

New Castle County Firefighters Association -

Sussex County Firefighters Association --

State Fire Chiefs Association -

Kent County Fire Chiefs Association -

New Castle County Fire Chiefs Association -

Sussex County Fire Chiefs Association -


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