From Harford County government:
The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) turned out in force Saturday to support Harford County Government with an Edgewood Public Safety Initiative. The public safety initiative culminated several months of planning and preparation by the Department of Administration, the Department of Emergency Services and Joppa-Magnolia VFC.
The Edgewood Public Safety Initiative resulted from a visit to an Edgewood community last summer by County Executive David R. Craig, members of the County Council, State Senator Barry Glassman, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane, and a number of county department heads. The group toured streets in the Edgewater Village area, including Grempler Way and Simons Court.
Following the visit, Mary Chance, Director of Administration convened several meetings with departments of County government, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the County Health Department, Department of Social Services, and others to address a number of issues related to the community including public safety, and quality of life.
Due to a number of serious fire incidents in the community, Director Chance requested the Department of Emergency Services, under the coordination of Director Russell J. Strickland, to check homes throughout the community to help ensure the dwellings were equipped with operating smoke alarms and the occupants were provided with appropriate life safety materials for future reference.
In an effort to gain additional support for the initiative, the Department of Emergency Services contacted the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company whose first due response area includes the Edgewood community. Fire Chief Ryan Barrow of Joppa-Magnolia spearheaded coordination of a door-to-door campaign with his firefighters and administrative members.
On Saturday, April 26, the joint effort between Harford County Government and the Joppa-Magnolia VFC to ensure life safety of the residents in the Edgewood community came to fruition.
The smoke alarm campaign kicked-off at 10:00 a.m. and concluded approximately two hours later. Thirty-six JMVFC volunteer firefighters, cadets, and administrative staff canvassed 234 homes. A total of 123 smoke alarms were installed by the volunteers in dwellings that did not have a working smoke alarm. The Department of Administration and Department of Emergency Services helped provide funding to purchase the new 10-year tamper resistant smoke alarms.
The door-to-door campaign included single-family dwellings in the following areas:
• 1700 block of Brookside Drive
• 1800 block of Brookside Drive
• 1900 block of Brookside Drive
• 1800 block of Simons Court
• 1800 block of Grempler Way
• 1700 block of Judy Way
• 1000 block of Waterside Court
The public safety initiative was well received by both volunteer firefighters and residents.
Commenting on the success of the joint effort, Director Chance said, “We are grateful to Chief Barrow and the dedicated volunteers of Joppa-Magnolia for their service and assistance with this initiative. The door-to-door smoke alarm campaign is an example of a true partnership between local government and a non-profit service organization, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company who has served the citizens of Edgewood with distinction for many years.”
Director Strickland added, “Partnerships are vital to the success of any significant undertaking. We were fortunate to have the support of Councilman Dion Guthrie and members of the Harford County Council as well as Chief Barrow and dedicated volunteers in bringing this venture to a successful conclusion.”