Mayor Sarno, Fire Commissioner Calvi, Red Cross Executive Director Nia Rennix and officials visited Springfield resident Maureen Shea at her home in Hungry Hill to help install and test the smoke alarms in her house. Volunteers from the Red Cross also participated by visiting Springfield homes to install and test smoke alarms.
Mayor Sarno states, “Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi and I want to thank Nia Rennix and her team at the Red Cross for their dedicated efforts in bringing awareness to this important issue. When a fire happens not only are our brave and dedicated men and women of our Springfield Fire Department responding on scene to save property but more importantly, save lives, the American Red Cross is also there to provide assistance to the individuals and family in need. Smoke alarms and detectors save lives. Fire Commissioner Calvi and I want to remind residents to check your batteries and be careful when disposing of smoking materials. Commissioner Calvi has informed me that recently, we have had a rash of fires caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials. Also of note, my daughter Chiara Sarno serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts – the youngest person ever to join their board.”