State Farm Insurance Funds Fire Safety Ladder Program
State Farm Insurance has awarded Cary Medical Center a grant in the amount of $11,000 to increase public awareness of fire prevention and fire safety. The program will purchase Fire Safety Ladders for individuals who live in two story homes. Over the next several months Cary, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and WAGM Television, will sponsor fire safety seminars where individuals can register to receive a free ladder. The ladders help people who may be on the second floor of their home when fire engulfs the main floor and they are unable to use the stairs to escape the fire. The ladders hang from the second story window and drop down to provide a means of escape. Bill Flagg, Director of Community Relations and Development at Cary said that the project is an extension of the Home Fire Preparedness initiative that began in 2015.
“Over this past year, working with a number of volunteers, local fire departments and the Red Cross, we have installed more than 1,000 smoke detectors”, said Flagg. “Local fire departments have been great, along with volunteers from Loring Job Corps, students from Northern Maine Community College, Red Cross volunteers and others. We know that this effort is saving lives and thanks to State Farm we are going to help create safer homes throughout Aroostook County.”
The State Farm grant will make it possible for the hospital to purchase 100 safety ladders. They will be available to private residential homeowners and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. To be eligible for the ladders individuals must attend the fire safety seminar and schedule an appointment for an orientation to utilizing the ladder at their home. Jonathan Cote, Chairman of the Board for the Aroostook Unit of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross and a Firefighter, said that the safety ladders can be a real life-savers.
“No one ever wants to be in a fire”, said Cote who is directing the fire safety seminars. “But if a fire does occur and you are trapped on the second floor of your home the safety ladder can make the difference between surviving the fire or being lost. Our seminars not only discuss the use of the safety ladders, we also discuss a number of fire prevention and fire safety issues. This grant from State Farm will go a long way to make people more aware of things they can do to reduce the risk of a fire tragedy”.
The Fire Safety Ladders are being purchased with the help of the S. W. Collins Company in Caribou. The company is providing the ladders at their cost and storing them in their Caribou Warehouse. WAGM Television is helping to support the effort by providing public service announcements promoting the fire safety seminars. Local State Farm Agents may also be involved in helping to distribute the Fire Safety Ladders.
Cary Medical Center will be conducting fire safety seminars in all six Healthy You communities. These communities include Caribou, Limestone, Fort Fairfield, Washburn, Van Buren and Presque Isle. The next seminar is scheduled for Fort Fairfield on July 28 from 6-7:30pm. The program will be held at the Fields Lane Community Room in Fort Fairfield , 18 Fields Lane. For more information and to register for the program please call Cary at 498-1112 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.