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Emergency Services Receives South River EMC Grant for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Sep 19, 2023

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Cumberland County Emergency Services received a check in the amount of $4,912 from South River Electric Membership Corporation on Sept. 14, at the Emergency Services Center, for the purchase of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to be distributed to volunteer fire departments in the County.

The money was awarded to Emergency Services through South River EMC’s Operation Round Up grant program. The smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will be available for free for County residents who need them.

“This is huge for the citizens of Cumberland County,” said Cumberland County Fire Marshal Kevin Lowther. “We are grateful for South River EMC’s generosity. This grant money will help fund an important initiative in our community that will help save lives and protect property.”

Residents who need smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms can receive them free of charge by contacting the fire department in their fire district. In order to receive the free alarms, residents must allow a firefighter to install the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm. A home safety risk assessment by the local fire department will also be provided free of charge.

Residents may visit the Fire Marshal’s webpage at cumberlandcountync.gov/fire-marshal to find out how to obtain a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm.

South River EMC Vice President of Member Services and Public Relations Catherine O’Dell presented the check to Cumberland County.

South River EMC is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Dunn, N.C., serving more than 47,000 customers in Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties. For more information about South River EMC or Operation Round Up, go to sremc.com.

For more information about Cumberland County Emergency Services, go to cumberlandcountync.gov/emergencyservices or call 910-321-6736.