PPVFD to pass out smoke detectors

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department and volunteers from BB&T are teaming up to distribute smoke detectors and raise awareness about fire safety.

PPVFD personnel, along with staff from the Point Pleasant Branch of BB&T, will be handing out those smoke detectors and discussing fire safety from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire station along Jackson Avenue. The smoke detectors will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis.

The BB&T volunteers are taking part in the company’s seventh annual Lighthouse Project. The teams have each 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 officials state they hope their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support to organizations such as the PPVFD.

Since the inception of the BB&T Lighthouse Project in 2009, BB&T associates have completed more than 6,600 community service projects, donated more than 325,000 hours in volunteer service and, officials say, “touched the lives of more than 9.7 million people.” BB&T officials say associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year.

The PPVFD has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the community with its annual free “fun day,” as well as its food basket giveaway at Christmas, just to name a few. Despite financial cutbacks in more recent years, the department has continued to find creative ways to maintain these outreach programs within the community.

Last fall, the PPVFD also earned an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) Public Protection Classification of 4, from its previous classification of 5. The lower the classification of a department, which are ranked from 10 to 1, the better the insurance rates for residents within its coverage area.

The PPVFD has around 25 volunteer firefighters, a ladder truck, a few Class A pumpers, a rescue truck and personal carriers. The department also has the largest coverage area in Mason County, going south to Crab Creek Road, U.S. 35 to the county line, along the Ohio River, up the Kanawha River to Eight Mile Road, as well as to the county line on the other side of the Kanawha River, then W.Va. 2 to Ripley Road, to the end of Jericho Road, W.Va. 62 north to Potters Creek Road.