Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department gets $5,000 donation to buy detectors for area residents
Area fire departments, including those in Matthews and Mint Hill, will soon receive a stash of free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors to distribute to residents in need thanks to a $5,000 donation from Walmart to the Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department.
The nonprofit, which provides fire protection for Matthews and Mint Hill, will purchase 621 smoke detectors and 110 carbon monoxide monitors and distribute some to other area departments including those in unincorporated Mecklenburg County, Idlewild Fire Chief Michael Pressley said. Idlewild volunteer firefighter Brett Balding is an assistant manager with Walmart and helped secure a larger donation than Pressley had imagined. He was hoping for at least $500.
“I was shocked. This is a blessing from Walmart that we’re able to provide a few detectors for each department,” he said.
Pressley said the free equipment will be given to local seniors or low-income families without a smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide monitor.
If you need a smoke detector or carbon monoxide monitor, call your local volunteer fire department to set up an appointment.