By Hayley M. Cook
KERMIT – The Kermit Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with volunteers from BB&T to promote fire safety for local families.
Associates from the Kermit Branch of BB&T will volunteer their time Saturday by distributing smoke alarms to households in Kermit and surrounding communities that do not have working smoke alarms.
Mary Ann Kominar, president of the Kermit VFD board of directors, says, “The Kermit Volunteer Fire Department is very appreciative of BB&T’s involvement with this project. We are hopeful and excited that this project will help protect friends and families in our area, encouraging them to be more aware of fire safety.”
The Kermit VFD and BB&T invite other members of the community to join them as they go door to door giving the smoke alarms to households that are in need of the safety devices. Existing alarms mayalso be tested and replaced as needed.
“We wanted to work with Kermit Volunteer Fire Department because of the great work they do in the Kermit area,” said Lorie Spaulding, market leader with BB&T.
“We’re proud to team up with them and help in any way we can. Our Kermit Branch associates feel that if one life is saved through this project it will be worth much more than the time given,” Spaulding said.
The BB&T volunteers are taking part in the company’s sixth annual Lighthouse Project. The participating teams each have selected a project to assist a nonprofit agency to complete during May or June to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.
BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support to organizations such as the Kermit VFD.
BB&T associates have donated more than 265,000 hours in volunteer service and touched the lives of more than 8 million people since the creation of the BB&T Lighthouse Project in 2009.
For more information regarding the fire safety awareness promotion in Mingo County, or to volunteer, contact Harold Marcum of the Kermit VFD at (304) 393-3156.
For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to www.bbt.com/bbt/lighthouseproject.