BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department and Rotary Club have partnered with the Town Council in an awareness campaign to help Save a Life. 

A short time ago, a house fire tragedy struck Berkeley Heights residents. Two lives were lost as a result of smoke inhalation. The home did not have any working smoke detectors.

Fire Chief Anthony Padovano spoke before the Town Council regarding the importance of having life saving smoke and carbon monoxide detractors in every home and said, “This tragedy was preventable.” 

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The Fire Department received a grant from FEMA that has provided for free dual sensor smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and the free installation of the devices by Fire Department members. “We need to get the word out about this program,” he said.

Township Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley created a hand out card that provides the contact information on how to have the devices installed and shared this message with the Rotary Club which also seeks to help save lives through its Medic Alert program for Seniors. 

The Rotary Club provides a free Medic Alert device and attends to the device maintenance. Recipients only pay the annual fee.

Together, Chief Padovano, Rotary Club member Stephanie Bakos, Council President Marc Faecher, Kingsley, and Town Administrator John Bussiculo met with the Senior Citizen Club to share the message about these life saving efforts. “The cards are an easy thing to share with neighbors and friends, “ said Kingsley. 

The Rotary Club encourages Seniors and their families to contact them about the Medic Alert program. The Medic Alert Program was initiated to allow those living on their own to be able to get assistance in the event of an emergency when not being able to use a telephone. All of the equipment is provided, installed and maintained by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights. Currently more than 100 units are in operation in Berkeley Heights. The device is free to seniors and the annual cost of the Medic Alert system is $90 for the first year and $70 per year for succeeding years. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the program chair, Mike DelDuca at 908-803-5747 or at m.delduca@verizon.net.

“We need the entire community to help promote awareness regarding these two life saving programs particularly aimed at helping our Seniors,” said Faecher. 

For more information, contact the Fire Department on a Wednesday evening at 908-464-0800 or Town Hall at 908-464-2700.