Attention Fire Departments: Partner with the ARC Home Fire Campaign

Modified: August 4, 2017 6:19pm

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Attention Fire Chiefs, Fire Prevention Officers; Fire Department PIOs, Public Relations Officers and Recruiters in Erie County & WNY:

Partner with the ARC Home Fire Campaign
& Create a Safer Community Together!


The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign (HFC) kicked off nationally about the same time as our Snovember storm affected Buffalo and Erie County in 2014 – and we have been installing smoke detectors ever since!

We are able to offer any resident the opportunity to have up to three (3) 10-year battery-life smoke detectors installed in their home or apartment while our team reviews their home escape plan, fire safety and emergency preparedness information. And when we are invited into a home – it only makes sense that our partners in the local fire department go with us!

We’d welcome the opportunity to present the HFC program to your team and discuss how we can partner in promoting and delivering this program to saves lives. We hope that you reach out to us soon as we have a sense of urgency in partnering with you before a disastrous fire strikes – and lives are affected forever.

We offer other free education and preparedness programs in addition to the HFC program, all of which are great opportunities to partner with you in protecting your community:

  • NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps presentation about preparedness for all adults – from how to turn off your gas and water, to how to learn of threats in the community.We offer a free Citizen CPR tutorial as a “bonus” to interested groups. Although there’s no certificate with this presentation, it offers life-saving hands-on training for how to perform CPR.
  • The Pillow Case Project teaches kids to be prepared for an emergency and is designed for children in grades 3-5:
  • BeRedCrossReady (BRCR) addresses general citizen preparedness tips and offers a great way for your agency to connect with your community:

The great news is that all of these programs are free to you and your community. Everyone is eligible for this national campaign and there are no restrictions regarding county, chapter, region or state lines; making our free HFC program a great benefit, especially for those with limited financial resources and/or physical limitations preventing them from climbing on ladders to mount the alarms. No catch, no fine print.

We'd also be happy to set up an MOU-Memorandum of Understanding to provide your fire department with smoke detectors to carry on your apparatus to install while on the scene of any emergency at a residence in your response area. 

Please see the attached flyers which describe the HFC program and offer a form for capturing smoke detector request information.

You can request these materials via email:, by phoning in or mailing your request, or online at:; or go to our main site: and clicking the link on the far left side of the page to our Home Fire Campaign. (We apologize that there isn’t a simpler website link other than directing you to the main website.)

Thanks in advance for your consideration and cooperation. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

PS - Just like your organization, we’re always looking for more help. Let’s talk about how we can help each other recruit more volunteers! Thanks.


Amanda Vallone
Sr. Disaster Program Manager
American Red Cross
Western & Central New York Region | Western New York Chapter: Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus & Chautauqua Counties

Based out of:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209
716-878-2353 (24hr Disaster Services)
716-878-2364 (office)
716-573-5775 (cell)
716-878-2345 (fax)


Rachael Snyder 

Volunteer Services Specialist | American Red Cross | Western New York Chapter

786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209

Office: (716) 878-2231