American Red Cross and Broome County Leaders Observe Fire Prevention Week

Johnson City, NY - In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, leaders from Broome County and the American Red Cross gathered at a home in Johnson City to install free smoke alarms. 

Broome County Executive Debra Preston, Legislature Chairman Jerry Marinich, Red Cross Regional CEO Rosie Taravella and Southern Tier Chapter Executive Director Colleen McCabe provided smoke alarms and fire safety information for Mary Frate of Pearl Ave, Johnson City.

As part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them. During their visit, installers also provide safety education to residents. 

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

“Our friends in Broome County government have been tremendous partners and supporters of the Red Cross,” said Taravella. “I am proud to stand alongside them today to help us promote fire safety.”

“It is crucial to make sure all families have working smoke alarms in their homes,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “An event like this is a perfect reminder for people.  They can make a big difference when it comes to getting your family out of danger safely.”

"National Fire Prevention Week is a great time for everyone to think about fire safety", said Legislature Chairman and Retired Career Firefighter Jerry Marinich.  "Thank you to the Red Cross staff and volunteers for their work in the community to help keep us safe."

The National Fire Protection Association has designated “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign

For more information on Home Fire Preparedness or to schedule a smoke alarm installation, call 607-785-7207 or email



10/08/2015 - 1:52pm