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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

ALL smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Working smoke alarms should be installed in all bedrooms, hallways outside sleeping areas & in living areas. Replace batteries in all battery-operated smoke alarms two (2) times a year. Test & dust smoke alarms monthly to ensure that they are in working order.

Both the American Red Cross & the WFD install smoke alarms in our community. To have smoke alarms installed by the Red Cross or to volunteer to assist the Red Cross with smoke alarm installations, please visit the American Red Cross website.

To contact the WFD for smoke alarms, please review the qualifying questions below then click the free smoke alarm link below.  If your home has alarms that use removable batteries, we can assist with battery changes, providing you supply the batteries and the alarm is less than 10 years old. (Occasionally , we are unable to safely reach some alarms. In this case, we may suggest you enlist the assistance of an electrician or handyman.)  If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, we can also assist with adaptive smoke alarm technology. We are also happy to answer questions about alarm placement in your home.

*It is best practice to preserve an interconnected system, if that is what your home already has. Interconnected alarms sound each alarm in all parts of the home at the same time. 

The Wilmington Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and alarm installation to residents inside the Wilmington City limits. Those requesting free alarms should meet at least one of the following qualifications: 

1. You or someone in your residence is older than 65 years of age.

2. You have children under the age of 18 living in the home.

3. You or someone in your home is disabled, has a medical condition or a mobility impairment.

4. You or someone in your home is a United States Veteran.

5. Your household income is less than $30,000 a year.

Please contact Deborah Montgomery at 910-343-3946 for more information.


Child Passenger Safety  

As a parent or caregiver, you recognize the importance of the correct installation and fit of your child's car seat. Proper installation and seat placement  maximize safety and protection in case of a car accident. Know for sure that this potentially life saving device is installed correctly is the right fit for your child passenger by having a certified technician from WFD's Child Passenger Safety Program help educate you on best practice when it comes to riding safely in your vehicle. 

All of Wilmington's fire stations are manned with trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians, but please call before coming to check the technician's availability. Inspections are offered from 9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:00 pm daily. Our Permanent Checking Stations offer you assistance in the correct installation of your child safety seat. Be prepared to be involved in this education session, as technicians are trained to educate you!

If you try to reach one of our stations and there is no answer, feel free to ring another station or call back at a later time. Firefighter/Technicians may be away from their station on an emergency call.

For more child passenger safety information, check out http://www.buckleupnc.org/  and https://www.safekids.org/ .                                                                                                                   


Education Requests & Public Programs  

Education requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance by completing a Fire Education Request Form.

                                        WFD FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

The following educational programs are available at no cost to our citizens:

Safety Programs for Civic and Business Groups. Looking for a program for a monthly church, civic or business organization? We'd love to share safety information with you. We are happy to tailor make a program to suit your group's needs!

Station Tours. Fire Station Tours are conducted at any of the city's 10 fire stations. Tours are educational and available to any age group.

Truck Display. We offer educational access to fire trucks for a special event or lesson. (No birthday parties, fundraisers or customer appreciation events) WFD apparatus is limited to one hour, and may respond to calls during the course of your event.

Fire Extinguisher Training.  Learn the proper use of a multi-purpose fire extinguisher with this practical training. Groups of at least ten (ages 14 and up). Electricity is required for this interactive training session.

Youth Fire Setter Intervention & Education. Know a child or young adult that you believe may have set or be setting fires? Fire Setting is a dangerous behavior, and requires preventative family measures and offers intervention when deemed necessary. Let us help guide your family to safety with this family-based educational program.

For questions about station tours, truck displays, or educational programs including fire drills & speaking engagements, contact Deborah Montgomery at 910-343-3946.

Education requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance by completing the Fire Education Request Form above.


Citizen's Fire Academy

Spend some time with Wilmington's bravest learning about how these community heroes get the job done! Our next session will be held in March 2019. Click on the "Citizens Fire Academy" link above for more details and enrollment information or call 910-342-2731 .


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