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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Operation Not One More

Operation Not One More 11-27-2018

Clarksburg Fire Department Captain Cindy Murphy and her grassroots operation “Not One More” promises to provide 10-year smoke alarm to all first-grade students in Harrison County with her fire safety education program.

 

A Captain’s oath… 

In 2015, Captain Cindy Murphy began her journey of placing smoke alarms in the hands of every first grader in Harrison County.

As the Director of Safety and Training at the Clarksburg Fire Department, Captain Murphy made it her personal mission to raise awareness on fire safety and the importance of smoke alarms after 2 children and their father were victims of a tragic fire in their home.  

Captain Murphy states, “This program was born out of tragedy and it has been successful beyond my wildest dreams.  I may never know if one of these kids will grow up to develop the cure for cancer, be the next teacher of the year, or President of the United States, but if they don't have a chance to grow up at all, we will never know.  I'm just trying to be the messenger for a mission that may help them get that chance.”

Some important facts and statistics to keep in mind:

  • Research shows that newer homes and furniture burn faster, giving you only 3 or 4 minutes to escape a fire
  • Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month
  • Installing smoke detectors in your home – and in the right place – is the first step to preventing tragedy in case of a fire

She visits area schools, public and private, to educate children on the importance of fire safety awareness and prevention.  The children are not only provided with an interactive demonstration from Cindy in full uniform and gear, but also provides each student with a free 10-year lithium ion smoke alarm. She asks the attendees to make a promise to her to assure the smoke alarm gets installed. Captain Murphy sends contact information home with each packet in the event the guardian is unable to install the smoke alarm.

Through her efforts, Captain Murphy has been recognized on the local, state and national level Her quest to reduce child fire fatalities has branched out beyond Harrison County into Tucker County and one school in Preston County. To date, she has distributed over 4000 smoke alarms and continues to seek financial support to keep the program up and running for years to come. She has been a grant recipient from State Farm as well as local charities and organizations that support this vital mission.

If you would like to make a donation to Operation “Not One More”, you may make a monetary donation to the Clarksburg Fire Department at the Central Fire Station on Main Street in Downtown Clarksburg or their North View location on Ohio Ave. If you know of funding or grant opportunities, please email Captain Murphy with the details.


Donations may be made payable to:

Clarksburg Fire Department

465 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301

For further information, contact Cindy Murphy at 304.669.9015 or cmurphy@cityofclarksburgwv.com

Be sure to follow Operation Not One More on Facebook as well! https://www.facebook.com/OperationNotOneMore/


 

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