Amazon donates hundreds of smoke alarms to local fire departments

Representatives from Amazon recently donated 700 smoke alarms to the Lexington County Fire Service and several other Midlands fire departments, which will be installed in local residences.


Lexington County Fire Service personnel pose with some of the 700 smoke detectors donated by Amazon to area fire departments. (Photo provided)

The smoke alarms were delivered to the Lexington County Fire Services’ headquarters on November 8, and were then given out to Newberry County Emergency Services, Aiken County Emergency Management Division, Calhoun County Fire Department, Rural Fire Commission, Fore Motte Fire Department, St. Mathews Fire Department, Columbia & Richland Fire Services, and the Irmo Fire Department.

The donations come a little more than a week after Lexington County’s most recent fire-related death, when a Red Bank woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning during a house fire. According to fire investigators, the 64-year-old woman did not have any working smoke alarms inside her home.

“We’re pleased to give back to communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said George Schultz, general manager of Amazon’s local fulfillment center in Cayce. “Smoke detectors are vital to any fire-safety program, and we’re glad that our donation will be put to good use.”

The agencies that received the smoke alarms will be able to give the alarms to residents around their communities and show them how to properly install them ahead of the holiday season.

“The donation of these smoke alarms goes a long way in helping to create fire safe communities in the Central Midlands,” Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill noted in the announcement.