The Findlay Fire Department hasn't had a fire related death in over 8 years, and they want to keep it that way.
The downtown fire task force was formed after the Argyle Building fire. The fire department teamed up with the Red Cross for their monthly disaster preparedness meetings.
The task force makes it a point to go out every month and educate the public on fire extinguishers and general fire safety, like having an escape plan from your house or apartment and most importantly- smoke detectors.
"In the last 8 years, the fire department here in Findlay has given out over 12,000 free smoke detectors. But yet, every day we still go on fire calls, where we'll go in a residence and there won't be one single working smoke detector in the house," said Findlay Fire Department Captain Jerry Greer. "With children inside and stuff like that, so you kind of wonder how we're getting the word out and are we doing a good job of getting the word out. So, in essence that's why we're having these meetings, is try to get the word out about smoke detectors and the importance of such a program."
If you missed tonight's meeting, Captain Greer says the department is planning one for sometime in the next month, they just need to nail down a date and location.