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For Immediate Release
Utility Donates Special Needs Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
WILMINGTON , Del. - City of Wilmington and State of Delaware fire officials received donated safety alarms from Delmarva Power, as the company celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Emergency Services Partnership Program. The program, incepted in 2000, has helped strengthen the partnership between public safety officials and Delmarva Power.
To commemorate the event, Delmarva Power donated 200 carbon monoxide alarms to the City of Wilmington Fire Department and 70 special needs smoke alarms to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.
"Over the last 10 years Delmarva Power has made a significant commitment to volunteer and career fire service officials throughout this area," said Glenn Moore, Vice President of Delmarva Power. "Our programs have provided resources toward supporting cooperative efforts between Delmarva Power and public safety officials throughout the fire service, law enforcement and emergency management."
"I'm urging all residents to install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms," said Willie Patrick, Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department. "It is imperative that residents ensure the safety of themselves and their families to help prevent injury or even death as a result of fires or carbon monoxide poisoning."
"In today's economic climate, we value the relationships with our corporate partners," said Grover Ingle, Delaware State Fire Marshal. "This program will help benefit those residents that need help the most."
The Lowes Home Improvement Center in the Brandywine Towne Center and Harris Communications in Minnesota supplied the donated smoke alarms at a reduced cost to help support the effort.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .