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AFD gets donation to give away smoke detectors

The money will help pay with an initial purchase of 1,200 smoke detectors. (Source: WALB) The money will help pay with an initial purchase of 1,200 smoke detectors. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A corporation is getting involved in the push for fire safety in the Good Life City. 

The Albany Fire Department got a large donation on Thursday from Exelon Generation. 

The agency has a multi-phase plan to give smoke detectors to people in the community.

Thursday's $5,000 donation from biomass facility Exelon Generation will help buy smoke alarms for that plan.

An official program will be launched in the summer. 

The money will help pay for an initial purchase of 1,200 smoke detectors. 

Interim Fire Chief Sebon Burns said smoke alarms are the first line of defense to saving lives and minimizing property damages. He said often times the department responds to fires at homes where people didn't have smoke detectors. 

"Knowing the makeup of our community, sometimes smoke alarms are not always able to be purchased so we want to do our part," explained Burns.

"We at Exelon thank you for inviting us into your community and we intend to be full participants in the community we serve," said Exelon Vice President Gerome Randle.

You can learn more about how the fire department is working to give out these smoke detectors in the coming months.

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