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September 24, 2018

Donation Supports Fire Department’s Smoke Alarm Program in Oswego

OSWEGO – At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee, councilors approved Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie’s request to accept a trio of donations.

One of them was 200 smoke detectors from Lowe’s.

Pictured, from left, are: Lowe's representatives Chris Miller, Kristine Fuauenhofer, and Alex Conover. Also, Oswego firefighters Anthony Lazzaro, Eric Hitchcock and Sean O'Gorman.

Pictured, from left, are: Lowe’s representatives Chris Miller, Kristine Fuauenhofer, and Alex Conover. Also, Oswego firefighters Anthony Lazzaro, Eric Hitchcock and Sean O’Gorman.

The Oswego Fire Department recently received the donation to support the residential fire safety program.

Properly installed smoke alarms have proven to save lives, the chief stressed.

“On behalf of the Oswego Fire Department, I want to thank Lowe’s for supporting our efforts and ensuring families are better protected with working smoke alarms,” McCrobie said.

Firefighters carry smoke alarms with them on calls, the chief pointed out. That way, he explained, if a resident doesn’t have one or needs a replacement, they can receive one right there.

Through grants and these local donations, the Oswego Fire Department is able to install new smoke alarms in homes, keeping families better protected from injury in case of a fire, he added.

Properly installed smoke alarms give people the best chance of escaping a fire because of early notification.

Smoke alarms should be installed inside of every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

Residents in need of smoke alarms can call the Oswego Fire Department headquarters at (315) 343-2161 to make an appointment. Firefighters will visit your home, install new smoke alarms and check for fire hazards.

The committee also gave a favorable recommendation to McCrobie’s two other requests to accept a $200 check from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to purchase life jackets to be used as part of the Wear-It-Program and 62 life jackets from Exelon Corporation for the Wear-It-Program.

The chief also requested permission to send two personnel to the First Line Supervisory Training Program in Fort Totten, New York. Dates as follows:

1 Personnel, January 4 – 29, 2016
1 Personnel, February 22 – March 18, 2016

In other business:

Rita Tickle, personnel director, requested authorization for Mayor Tom Gillen to sign a one-year extension of the agreement with MassMutual (Hartford Life), the city of Oswego’s Deferred Compensation.

Michael Smith, DPW commissioner, requested authorization be granted to Deborah Coad, city chamberlain, to execute a budget amendment in the amount of $9,073.65 to be transferred into Account G8120.440 to cover the expenses incurred from the emergency work order of June 4, 2015, sewer main repair at East Tenth and Albany streets.

And at the Physical Services Committee, the owner of commercial property at 155 W. Fifth St., located in the Third Ward, requested use of public space, four foot by twenty-five foot, for an ADA ramp together with a request for use of public space, seventeen foot by fifty foot for seasonal display between the sidewalk and property line.

The committees sent the requests to the full council for consideration on Oct. 26.

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