Hancock fire company, Red Cross install free smoke alarms in “Sound the Alarm” effort

Members of the Hancock Fire Department and Red Cross volunteers worked together on May 21 to install free smoke alarms in local homes.

The American Red Cross Greater Shenandoah Valley Chapter partnered with Ben Hoopengardner, Deputy Fire Chief, and the Hancock Fire Department to bring Sound the Alarm to Hancock on Saturday, May 21.

In one day, volunteers made 34 homes safer from fires, installed 108 smoke alarms and potentially saved 85 lives. Local residents can still receive free smoke alarms by contacting the Hancock Fire Department at 301-678-7739 or by sending a message through the department’s Facebook page.

The American Red Cross and fire departments across the country want to make sure each resident is safe from home fires, through education and properly operating smoke alarms.

Stacy McFarland, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Greater Shenandoah Valley Chapter, said her organization works with fire departments year round to install smoke detectors, but use the month of May as a public outreach time to highlight the program.