The Saginaw Fire Department has been awarded the 2018 Leland Gayheart Fire Safety and Prevention Award.
The $500 honorarium is from the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center and is named after Leland Gayheart, a 23-year old Lake Orion firefighter that lost his life due to a devastating burn injury in 1991.
Each year this award is presented to the fire department in the State of Michigan that has had an impact on prevention and fire safety their community.
The Saginaw Fire Department was encouraged to submit a nomination following the success of their carbon monoxide alarm installation program where firefighters visited an average of 5 Saginaw homes per day.
“The Saginaw Fire Department used partnerships with neighborhood associations, community groups, schools, and businesses to help identify homes in need of alarms. They also used social media networking to spread the word about the free alarm installations,” Fire Chief Chris Van Loo said. “The success of our free CO alarm program and the receipt of this prestigious award is a testimony to the commitment and dedication of our firefighters who make Saginaw a safer community.”
The $500 award will assist with the cost of materials for upcoming community risk reduction programs in Saginaw.
The award will be presented to the Saginaw Fire Department at the 2018 Fire Awards Ceremony to be held on October 9 at 10:00 am at Central Fire Station.