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District 202 awarded for helping raise fire safety awareness

District 202 recently received awards from two fire protection agencies recognizing its efforts to help the Plainfield Township Fire Protection District improve fire safety awareness.

The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association each presented District 202 with awards in October. Both honors recognize the school district’s role in creating greater awareness of life safety and fire prevention.

Plainfield Fire Marshall Mary Ludemann nominated District 202 for both awards after the school district helped alert needy families that the Fire Protection District was giving away carbon monoxide detectors.

The Fire Protection District conducted the giveaway in February 2017 after several people died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The detectors were specifically for low-income families. The fire department needed help reaching eligible recipients and approached the school district. District 202 used its recorded messaging system to promote the opportunity to families receiving free and reduced lunch.

“We had no way to target a particular population and the school district was able to help us with this very important program,” Ludemann said. “We greatly appreciate their assistance.”

The fire department visited 39 households and installed 25 carbon monoxide detectors. As well, it tested 121 smoke alarms, replaced 40 batteries, installed 26 new smoke alarms and found 14 households that had no carbon monoxide detector and one without either smoke alarms or a carbon monoxide detector.

District 202 was happy to do what it could to help, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lane Abrell.

“While we certainly appreciate the recognition, it was our pleasure to help however we could,” Abrell said.

“This is just one good example of the very positive relationship we enjoy with all of our public safety partners,” Abrell said.