Free carbon monoxide detectors available to residents of Talkeetna and Susitna

The Talkeetna Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have 34 carbon monoxide detectors available to residents.

The CERT team spearheaded efforts to receive grants through the Susitna and Talkeetna Community Councils Community Assistance Scheme. These grants helped fund the detectors, which cost about $60 per unit. The detectors were purchased in bulk and are now ready for distribution by the Talkeetna Fire Department.

The fire department is already getting smoke detectors for the community through the Red Cross, according to Chief Eric Chappell. These new units are specifically designed for carbon monoxide. “We have a lot of people here who heat with alternate means,” says Chappell. “We are getting a good number of calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Bill Was, Team Leader for Talkeetna CERT says carbon monoxide detectors are available to anyone in the Talkeetna and Sunshine areas who don’t yet have a unit and want one. If required, the fire department will also install units for residents.

Free carbon monoxide detectors for residents of Talkeetna and Susitna

The Talkeetna Fire Department and Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) have 34 carbon monoxide detectors available to residents.

The CERT team spearheaded efforts to receive grants through the Susitna and Talkeetna Community Councils Community Assistance Scheme. These grants helped fund the detectors, which cost about $60 per unit. The detectors were purchased in bulk and are now ready for distribution by the Talkeetna Fire Department.

The fire department is already getting smoke detectors for the community through the Red Cross, according to Chief Eric Chappell. These new units are specifically designed for carbon monoxide. “We have a lot of people here who heat with alternate means,” says Chappell. “We are getting a good number of calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Bill Was, Team Leader for Talkeetna CERT says carbon monoxide detectors are available to anyone in the Talkeetna and Sunshine areas who don’t yet have a unit and want one. If required, the fire department will also install units for residents.

CERT assists other agencies during disasters, as well as to meet community needs. The partnership with the fire department was a natural match that will help residents be safer during the winter months. If you or a neighbor need a carbon monoxide detector, contact Chief Chappell at (907) 795-2389.

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