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County to provide free strobe smoke alarms for deaf, hard of hearing residents

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WASHOE COUNTY  NEWS RELEASE

washoecountydistricthealthdeptlogo-150x150-5460693-1873171Washoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) are teaming up to help protect residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The two departments will provide free strobe alarms and vibrating alert smoke detectors for children and their families Wednesday, March 19, from 4  to 6 p.m. at the Arrowcreek Fire Station, 13500 Thomas Creek Road, Reno.

“The purpose of this project is to promote general education and awareness for Washoe County’s special needs populations, specifically the deaf and hard of hearing,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston.  “This is a region-wide project in cooperation with TMFPD and other fire agencies, including North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department and the Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department.”

Kenneston added TMFPD and the other fire agencies will install these special alarms for free in their districts. To receive more information on free strobe alarms and vibrating alert smoke detectors, call (775) 337-5898.

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