Operation “Not One More” Update; A Captain's Oath
Operation “Not One More” Update
A Captain’s oath…
Approximately one year ago to date, Captain Cindy Murphy began her journey of placing smoke detectors in the hands of every first grader in Harrison County.
As the Director of Safety and Training at the Clarksburg Fire Department, Captain Murphy made it her personal mission to raise awareness on fire safety and the importance of smoke alarms after a preventable incident where 2 children and their father lost their lives due to not having a working smoke alarm.
Some important facts and statistics to keep in mind:
- Research shows that newer homes and furniture burn faster, giving you only 3 or 4 minutes escape a fire
- Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
- All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month
- Installing smoke detectors in your home – and in the right place – is the first step to preventing tragedy in case of a fire
She visits area schools, public and private, to educate children on the importance of fire safety awareness and prevention. The children are not only provided with an interactive demonstration from Cindy in full uniform, but also sent home with a 10-year lithium ion smoke detector.
Captain Murphy states, “This program was born out of tragedy and it has been successful beyond my wildest dreams. I may never know if one of these kids will grow up to develop the cure for cancer, be the next teacher of the year, or President of the United States, but if they don't have a chance to grow up at all, we will never know. I'm just trying to be the messenger for a mission that may help them get that chance.”
To continue her efforts, Murphy has recently secured a $10,000 grant through State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants Program. She had received a smaller award last year and thanks to her continuous dedication to protect the community, a second grant was approved for funding. Erin Bailey, State Farm Community Specialist, states, “State Farm is proud to support the efforts of Captain Murphy, the Clarksburg Fire Department and the entire community.” She continued, “One life lost due to a home fire is too many. Smoke Detectors are proven to save lives and that’s why programs like Operation Not One More are so important. We much work together to educate our community on the importance of fire prevention and having an overall home safety plan.”
Home Depot has also all been instrumental to the cause by providing smoke detectors at a discounted rate.
Last year Captain Murphy singlehandedly passed out 888 smoke detectors. With no signs of slowing down, she plans on surpassing that amount in 2016 to upwards of 900. The program will also be expanding into other counties.
I will close with how Captain Murphy signs off on every e-mail with a quote from Herbert Hoover, “Children are our most valuable natural resource.” We could not agree more Captain.
If you would like to make a donation to operation “Not One More”, you may drop off monetary and/or smoke detectors to the Clarksburg Fire Department central office on Main Street in Downtown Clarksburg or their North View location.
Donations may be made payable to:
International Association of Firefighters Local 89
Clarksburg Fire Department
465 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301
Be sure to follow Operation Not One More on Facebook as well!
Read our original story, when it all began @ http://goo.gl/q0q6dx
Story by Dominique Spatafore; Marketing & Community Relations with City of Clarksburg