Wilkes-Barre Firefighter Refurbishes Fire Safety House

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 06/18 2014 12:07AM

Updated 06/18 2014 12:12AM

On Friday, June 13, 2014, Mayor Thomas M. Leighton presented Wilkes-Barre Firefighter/EMT, Ed Smith, a proclamation for his work in refurbishing the fire department’s Fire Safety House. The project took nearly six months to complete.  
The Wilkes-Barre Fire Department introduced the Fire Safety House in 1997 as an educational fire safety tool seen by thousands of city residents and children each year. Over time, the house deteriorated and became unusable. The fire department was unsuccessful in obtaining grant money for much needed repairs to continue fire safety education.
Ed spent over 100 hours, many of which were off duty, completely renovating the unit and making the necessary repairs. The repairs included the installation of a new roof, vinyl siding, flooring and carpeting, as well as many other important details. Some supplies for the project came from the department’s budget, while other funds mainly came out of Ed’s own pocket and through material donations he secured. His extensive work on the fire safety house resulted in a $20,000.00 cost savings for the City of Wilkes-Barre.
“Ed went above and beyond the call of duty on his own time to make it possible to continue fire safety education in the community,” said Chief Jay Delaney.
“On behalf of the City of Wilkes-Barre, I would like to thank Ed for his hard work and generosity in bringing the fire safety house back to life,” said Mayor Leighton. “His commitment to the residents of Wilkes-Barre is to be commended for the tremendous amount of work he invested in this project.”

(Information from Liza Prokop)

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