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Carpenters Union Donates 170+ Smoke Detectors to local Fire Station

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.)

Akron Carpenters Donate Fire Alarms to Save Lives

Sound the alarm – members from Local 285 are doing their part to save lives in Akron, Ohio. In the past five years, every fatal house fire in Akron occurred in a home without a functioning fire alarm. To combat this problem members from Local 285, with support from the IKORCC, donated 70 smoke detectors to the Akron Fire Department for residents with financial limitations. This represents the first of what will now be an annual effort on the part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America to provide smoke detectors to those in need. 

Good News — May 15: Carpenters volunteer to build playground for elementary school

Published: May 14, 2017 – 10:06 PM
Members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 285 Members Action Committee recently donated their time and skills to build a playground for the elementary branch of Summit Academy on Leland Avenue in Akron.

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