Rescue Squad, Fire Depts spread safety message

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Volunteer Emergency Responders from the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. and Volunteer Firefighters from the Cannon County Fire Department visited local schools this week in an effort to promote public safety and fire prevention.

"As part on an ongoing effort to improve the services of the Rescue Squad and Fire Departments, the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has worked to help us enhance our community outreach programs," said Tim Bell, Cannon County Rescue Squad Chief Operating Officer.

The Rescue Squad received grant funding from the United Way in 2015 to promote fire prevention and safety. This funding supported the 1st Annual Cannon County Public Safety Day in April. Rescue Squad Volunteers are working with other emergency service agencies in Cannon County to actively promote home fire prevention and to raise awareness of the need for personal safety in our communities.

"The Cannon County Public Safety Program aligns directly with one of United Way's focus areas: safe home and community. Good health is both a community responsibility and a community benefit," said Clair Oliver, Director of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

"The United Way supports programs, such as Project Rescue, working to create a positive environment and strong foundation for healthy lives in Rutherford and Cannon counties," Oliver said.

"We are ready to respond 24 hours a day to help the citizens of Cannon County," said Michael Underhill, Cannon County Fire Chief.

"We need citizens to help us by and installing fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in their homes." Underhill said.

The State of Tennessee has a program to help citizens install smoke detectors in their homes. A Cannon County citizen need only to contact the Rescue Squad for help if they can't afford a smoke detector.

The Rescue Squad is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to promote the Tennessee Yellow DOT Program. TN Yellow DOT is a state wide program that provides vital healthcare information to first responders when someone is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

For more information about home fire prevention please contact Chief Underhill at 615-904-5002. For more information about the Tennessee Yellow DOT Program contact Tim Bell at 615-849-2730 or by email at

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