When Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) Business Representative and Akron Local 285 member Abe Bruner, read in a local paper that 9 in 10 fires around Akron could have been prevented from spreading, he knew it was time to take action. Homes and families without a functioning smoke detector are at greater risk to be affected by a fire.
“More than 22 fire deaths have occurred in the last two years [in Akron]. A number of those homes did not have functioning smoke detectors”, says Lieutenant Lash.
As a Member Action Committee party chairperson in his local, Abe decided to do something about it. Beginning last year, the committee rounded up their resources and donated around 80 new smoke detectors for the Akron Fire Department. Lt. Lash says the department strives to get working smoke detectors on every floor or level of homes in need.
With the help of Akron Local 285, Millwright’s Local 1090, Cleveland Locals 435 and 373, Tri-County Building Trades in Akron, and Donley’s Construction; this year they have over doubled the previous years’ donation.
Around 176 new smoke detectors were donated through Captain Haas at the Akron Fire Department this past Friday, July 26th. The Akron Fire Department will be installing these new smoke detectors into homes of families in need around the City of Akron. Haas hopes to get a new, fully functioning smoke detector in every home.
The committee is grateful to have the opportunity to help their community and hopes to get even more donations set up for next year.
(Featured in photo from left to right: Captain Haas, Kristin Fox, Rob Treichel, Abe Bruner, LT. Joe Falkenstein, Marcus Wagner.)