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Habitat Forms Hot Partnership with Fire Chiefs, Fire Marshals

Published: Jul 31, 2012 8:37 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 26, 2012) - The Lee County Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association (LCFMIA) presented Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. with a gift of 120 fire extinguishers on July 26, 2012. The fire extinguishers are valued at more than $4,500 and the donation was made possible by a collaborative effort among the LCFMIA, Amerex Corporation and Cintas Corporation, aided by a purchase discount from Costco.

Habitat’s Vice President of Construction has plans to put them to use immediately. “We are excited to be able to add this measure of safety for our homeowners,” he said. Dailey expects the supply to last for the next two or three years, depending on the number of homes Habitat builds or rehabs.

The donation originated with LC FMIA President Chief Phillip Green, who is the Fire Marshal for the Estero Fire and Rescue District, and Naples Fire Protection Inc. General Manager Joey Hatfield. The two met with Dailey regarding a fire sprinkler program, an initiative which is still in development.

The nonprofit LCFMIA is a professional organization founded with the goal of providing public education on fire, disaster and life safety. In keeping with that mission, the Estero Fire and Rescue District recently donated the materials for CPR certification for Habitat’s staff, with EFRD Battalion Chief Dale Reisen donating his time to provide the instruction. The CPR certification project is valued at more than $3,000.

“These donations are a wonderful example of the spirit of cooperation among nonprofit organizations in the Southwest Florida community, as well as a tribute to the companies who work with them to provide funding, materials and time to support their missions. Without generous donors and willing volunteers, Habitat for Humanity could not accomplish all it does,” said Habitat CEO Katherine C. “Kitty” Green. “We are grateful to Amerex, Cintas, Costco, the Estero Fire and Rescue District and the Lee County Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association for making these donations possible.”

Photo caption: On hand to present 120 fire extinguishers to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties are (left to right): Habitat Construction Manager Jackie Williams; Naples Fire Protection Inc. General Manager Joey Hatfield; Habitat CEO Kitty Green; LCFMIA President Chief Phillip Green; Cintas General Manager of Fire National Accounts Kurt Lewis; Cintas employees Chris Feigenbaum, Craig Eisenhoff and Ryan Engelmann; N. Ft. Myers Fire Marshal Rick Jones and Scott Danielson of the Estero Fire and Rescue District.

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