For Immediate Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 12, 2005 Contact: Vince Jacono (302) 283-5884 (office)(302) 893-1710 (wireless)firstname.lastname@example.org
Delmarva Power, Delaware Fire Service, and Lowe's Team Up for SafetyDelmarva Power Boosts Fire Safety Programs in Three States
WILMINGTON, Del. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program is donating a combination of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and money to fire officials in three states this month to assist with fire safety programs. The company kicked off the effort Wednesday at the Elbert Palmer Academy in Wilmington where 5th and 6th graders learned the importance of being fire safe.
Fire officials in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia will benefit from Delmarva Power's donation. The donations will be distributed by the public safety organizations to help ensure the safety of adults and children who are in need of these safety devices but may not be able to afford them.
"This is the fifth consecutive year Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program has partnered with public safety agencies to help provide them with the resources they need to keep the public safe," said Vince Jacono, Coordinator of Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program.
"Over the past several years we've seen an increase in fire deaths throughout the state. What's most alarming and disheartening about those events is the lack of working smoke alarms in the home that could have helped prevent such tragedy," said, Willard F. Preston III, Delaware State Fire Marshal. "We not only count on the help of Delmarva Power and others to help support such vital programs as this but we also count on every Delawarean to do their duty and ensure they and their family are protected by a working smoke alarm."
Additional organizations supporting this event include Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission, the Delaware State Fire School, Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association, and The Delaware Children's Fire Safety Foundation.
"Working together with Delmarva Power and other agencies, we see a valuable partnership that continues to pay dividends every year," said Willie Patrick, Deputy Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department. "The carbon monoxide alarms will help us address the specific safety needs of city residents. It provides them with another level of protection for their families."
Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse provided smoke alarms are a reduced cost to Delmarva Power and they also presented each student at Elbert Palmer Academy with a free smoke alarm for their residence.
Overall, Delmarva Power contributed about $15,000 to the effort. Of that, the Maryland State Fire Marshal will receive 1,500 smoke alarms. The Delaware State Fire Marshal received $7,500 towards the purchase of specialized smoke alarms for the hearing and visually impaired. The City of Wilmington received 200 carbon monoxide alarms and 500 smoke alarms will be distributed by the Delmarva Firemen's Association in Virginia.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric and natural gas delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.