FEMA Grant Helps Bristol Residents Obtain Free Smoke Alarms

August 3, 2017

The City of Bristol has been fortunate to be the recipients of two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in recent years. A Community Risk Assessment done in 2013 concluded that the Bristol Fire Department (BFD) is well equipped and trained to respond to the needs of the community. Especially with regard to the fire prevention program, the report noted that the City was succes sfully targeting commercial properties but stated that, “the BFD needs to target their public fire education efforts at high-risk populations and buildings within the City.” Residential fires occur most frequently in the dense, older sections of the City, in areas primarily filled with modest single-family and multi-family homes built to house workers for the many factories that were the economic drivers in early Bristol.

In December 2014, shortly after the Risk Assessment was delivered, there were two fire-related fatalities in a mixed-use occupancy house fire on Federal Hill. In that event, two people succumbed to smoke inhalation in two separate apartments over a first-floor business. One of the apartments did have detectors that were operational. The apartment where the fire originated was extensively damaged and therefore it’s hard to know if there were working detectors in that unit. The house was more than 110 years old. In January 2015, another fatality occurred in a condominium in the Forestville section of town.  The condominium owner, who died in that blaze, had removed the smoke alarms from his apartment because of the noise they made when he cooked. In May 2015, another apartment fire occurred in the City and the occupant succumbed to his injuries a month later. The smoke alarm in that apartment was not working at the time of the fire.
Fatal fire events such as these have a devastating impact on a community, as well as on the families, neighbors, and fire personnel involved in the rescue efforts. The BFD is determined to address the lack of smoke alarms in older homes and to ramp up their efforts to make sure there are functioning alarms in every home through an educational campaign and the Smoke Detector Distribution Program.

With a generous grant from FEMA, the City has 10-year lithium battery smoke detectors available for free to homeowners who request them. Fire personnel will install as many smoke detectors as are needed in the home, usually three. One of these may include a CO detector as well, if the home has an oil heating system. These units will be installed free of charge upon appointment with the BFD. Call 860-584-7964 ext. 4 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 to schedule an appointment. Fire personnel from the station closest to your address will arrange to visit your home at a time convenient to you. Fire prevention is the first priority of the Bristol Fire Department, and the best way to save lives is to have smoke alarms installed and working in every home. Call or visit the Bristol Fire Department’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/bristolctfire/ or the City’s website www.ci.bristol.ct.us  to arrange for your appointment today!

Click here for a free Fire Marshal Pamphlet
Click here for the Bristol Department Smoke Alarm Application

Working for the City of Bristol, Connecticut as the Grants Administrator, Dawn Leger writes and administers grants that support various government programs through Bristol’s Development Authority. 







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Mon 21st

Jake's Wayback Burgers Fundraiser

May 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taste of Ramadan - Bristol

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center
Tue 22nd

Take Care Tuesdays - Zumba with Marisa

May 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
The New England Carousel Museum

Save a Life Bus

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Bristol Police Department
Wed 23rd

Knit A Spring Poncho

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New England Yarn & Spindle LLC

Women's Street Survival class

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Varasconi’s School of Self Defense
Thu 24th

"A Night for Our Stars to Shine" - 8th Annual Gala

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aqua Turf Club

Downtown Carnival

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Memorial Boulevard
Fri 25th

Playful Learners Playgroup at Imagine Nation

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Downtown Carnival

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Memorial Boulevard
Sat 26th

Gozadera Fridays

May 25 @ 9:30 pm - May 26 @ 1:00 am
T Salon Cafe House

Downtown Carnival

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Memorial Boulevard
Sun 27th

Forestville Memorial Day Parade

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Connecticut Roller Derby All Stars Fundraiser

May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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