Smoke Alarm Blitz In Athens Was A Tremendous Success Highland Green Smoke Alarm Blitz.


On May 14, 2022, members of Athens-Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services joined up with volunteers from the American Red Cross to support a smoke alarm installation campaign at the Highland Green Mobile Home Community off Danielsville Road. The collaboration underscores the commitment of both organizations to outreach and public safety.

We wish to acknowledge the efforts of Lieutenant Rick Vaughn, with our Community Risk Reduction Division, and the support of the C-shift crews of Engine 29 and Ladder 1 for being helpful and informative to all residents and attendees of this event.

The total effort that day resulted in the following significant improvements in the safety and well-being of the folks who lived there.

  • 143 homes made safer (a measure of instruction shared with residents while the installation was proceeding)

  • 461 persons served (a measure of homes and the number of persons who lived in them who were contacted and instructed)

  • 334 smoke alarms installed

  • Local Organizations

  1. Patrick Howard FC-CIS neighborhood leader, FOWLER PROSPERITY ZONE

  2. Dexter Joyner, President Athens Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


  • Volunteers present 50+

Mike Riemann, the Northeast Georgia Disaster Program Manager of the American Red Cross of Georgia had this to say:

"We appreciate your team going into the field and meeting the public, providing instruction, and supporting the effort with their presence. The presence of Athens-Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services was noted by Mayor Girtz, and numerous members of other church and community organizations. I hope we will have the opportunity to work with your department personnel again. Thank you very much!"

It was certainly our pleasure to be a part of this successful campaign. We thank all who had a share in assuring the education, safety, and well-being of our community.

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