First Alert and the NVFC Partner to Provide Online Training for Volunteer Fire Departments

Course and corresponding carbon monoxide alarm donations assist departments in increasing community safety nationwide

Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is especially dangerous because you cannot see, smell, or taste it. The only way to protect against the potentially deadly threat is with a CO alarm. For this reason, First Alert and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have developed a new CO awareness and CO alarm training course for fire departments nationwide, supplemented by an alarm donation program for community members in need.

Called “Protect Against the Silent Killer,” the course trains fire department personnel about the prevalence and symptoms of CO poisoning and proper CO alarm installation to help reduce the risk of CO incidents and deaths in communities across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 emergency room visits and over 400 deaths are attributed to CO poisoning in the U.S. each year, making it the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the country.

Awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning is coming at a crucial time. A survey* of Americans revealed that 40 percent reported not having one working CO alarm, and 90 percent of homes did not comply with established CO alarm recommendations. Current National Fire Protection Association guidelines recommend installing CO alarms on each level of the home, including the basement, and near every sleeping area.

“Carbon monoxide is a deadly threat, but steps can be taken to ensure loved ones are protected from this dangerous gas,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety.** “Firefighters provide a critical service, and we are proud to support their community risk reduction efforts through our CO alarm donation and equipping them with the education they need to reduce CO incidents in their communities.”

The training provides insight about how carbon monoxide is created, the dangers it presents, and the symptoms and risk factors of CO poisoning. The course offers detailed information on proper installation of CO alarms, appropriate in-home placement, and maintenance. The training also emphasizes the importance of alarm and battery replacement and discusses the various types of CO alarms.

To complement the training, First Alert donated 500 alarms to volunteer fire departments to allow them to make an immediate impact in their communities. Departments that receive the alarms were part of the NVFC’s Fire Corps program, which utilizes community volunteers to assist resource-constrained fire departments with non-operational tasks such as community education and smoke and CO alarm installations.

“We are proud of all the volunteer firefighters and Fire Corps members keeping communities safe from threats such as carbon monoxide,” said NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. “By offering in-depth knowledge of CO safety and alarm installation and maintenance, combined with First Alert’s alarm donation, we can help volunteer fire departments make our communities safer.”

“Protect Against the Silent Killer” is now available in the NVFC Virtual Classroom. Access the course at The course will be free for the first 500 participants, compliments of First Alert, so sign up today! For more information on home safety, go to

*2009 Jarden Safety & Security Home Safety Survey
** First Alert Brand Trust Survey, February 2018 – Results are based on the responses of 1,000 adults, ages 25 and older, living in the United States who completed an online survey, February 15-19, 2018. Results are statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level and can be generalized to the entire adult population in the United States within those statistical parameters. For more information or a copy of the complete survey results, contact Tim Young at LCWA: 312/565-4628 or

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BRK Brands, Inc. (Aurora, IL), is a fully owned subsidiary of Newell Brands. For 60 years, BRK Brands, Inc. has been the manufacturer of First Alert®-branded home-safety products, the most trusted and recognized safety brand in America. BRK® Brands designs and develops innovative safety solutions including Tundra™ Fire Extinguishing Spray, Onelink by First Alert smart home products, a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to protect what matters most. Such products are also marketed under the BRK Electronics® brand, The Professional Standard for the builder and contractor audiences. BRK Brands, Inc. products are found in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information, visit, or

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About the National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at