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

By ThisIsReno

WASHOE COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

WashoeCountyDistrictHealthDeptLogoThe Washoe County School District in conjunction with Washoe 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 event will provide free strobe alarms and vibrating alert smoke detectors for school children and their families Friday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) in Reno.

“The purpose of this project is to protect our children by promoting 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 regionwide 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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