The Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, including volunteer and career firefighters, participated in the statewide smoke alarm canvass program organized by the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Office of State Fire Marshall on June 1. The purpose of the canvass was to educate residents about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in the house. Crews checked smoke alarms and batteries, installing new smoke alarms where needed, while providing educational information.
Firefighters canvassed homes in the southern end of town. The canvass resulted in 35 homes checked; 11 new smoke alarms installed; six batteries were replaced; 11 declined the offer; and no one was home at 46 residences. From left are firefighters Caleb Chik, Sgt. Bill Hedspeth, Rick Robinson, Daniel Wood, Captain Curtis Burmeister, Sgt. Dennis Spencer, Michael Phan, Fire Marshal John L. Risoldi, Sr., Royce Noble, Sgt. Zack Watson, Rodney Rawls and Jason Woolard. The department also conducts its own canvass at other times of the year. Questions about smoke alarms can be directed to the fire department at 252-480-4060, ext. 5227.