Harrisonburg First Responders Host Annual Free Pizza/Smoke Alarm Event

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Crews from the Harrisonburg Fire Department, Harrisonburg Police Department and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center, along with volunteers, participated in the 19th annual Free Pizza and Smoke Alarm.

Partnering with Cici’s Pizza in Harrisonburg, teams hand-delivered pizzas to any Friendly City resident who called during the event, also taking the time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home to make sure they were working properly.

First responders were happy to engage with the community in a non-emergency situation.

“A lot of times when people call 911 they’re scared and there’s a lot of emotion there, when it’s a feel-good event where we can hang out, deliver free pizza and check alarms” , Erin Stehle, a public education officer for the Harrisonburg Fire Department, said.

Even if you didn’t have the chance to participate in the Free Pizza and Smoke Alarm event, HFD reminds you to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. ’emergency.

“We all like to think we’d know what to do in an emergency, but even I as a first responder can’t always guess what it will be like on calls,” Stehle said. “So we really encourage the public to take the time to ask their family, ‘What would we do? Where could we meet? »

Cici’s Pizza prepared 500 pizzas for the event.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but the team is working together and we’re having a great time doing it,” said Renea Moneypenny, district manager of Cici’s Pizza.

The annual program supports HFD’s mission to encourage fire prevention and risk reduction. Anyone with questions about how to protect their home and family from a fire can contact HFD at 540-432-7703 to speak with a Community Risk Reduction Specialist.

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