By Kathy Chouteau
The American Red Cross recognized Fire Marshal Eric Govan and the Richmond Fire Department at the 6th Annual Partner Recognition Awards in Pleasant Hill on Nov. 29, according to the Richmond City Manager’s report.
Fire Marshal Govan received a Special Recognition for collaborating with the Red Cross to bring successful fire safety programs to the city such as Prepare with Pedro!, which teaches 1st graders fire safety tips, and the Pillowcase Project, which teaches 4th grade students fire safety.
The Richmond Fire Department received the Disaster Cycle Services Partnership Award for its involvement in the Sound the Alarm program. Working with Fire Marshal Govan and the American Red Cross, the RFD’s Sound the Alarm program provides free smoke alarms to Richmond residents. As part of the campaign, the partners reached out to older adults, young people, and other Richmond residents in neighborhoods that are particularly vulnerable to fire deaths. To date, the Richmond Fire Department has installed more than 100 smoke detectors throughout the City in a program that they have adopted to be held year-round.
Fire Marshal Govan said that the “Richmond Fire Department’s goal is to make an attempt to ensure every resident has a smoke alarm.” He added, “Our free smoke alarm program includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan, so residents know what to do if their smoke alarm sounds.”