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Botetourt County Celebrates National Fire Prevention Week


Fincastle, VA — The Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS is commemorating National Fire Prevention Week October 5-11, 2014. The theme for the week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” The Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said David Firestone, Division Chief of Emergency Management and Support Services. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

To help spread the word and encourage fire safety in the County, the Department will be giving away a limited number of smoke detectors on Friday, October 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department. Smoke detectors will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Botetourt County residents, and Department personnel can install the detectors after pick-up free of charge. Furthermore, there will be a fire extinguisher discussion and demonstration with a live fire at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a number of Department personnel on hand to discuss information about fire safety and prevention in the County.

The event will be a great opportunity to meet fire fighters and emergency medical personnel in the County, including the two men leading the Fire Investigation and Prevention Division. Ron Kovar and Adam Smith both began working for the Department in 2011 and have recently assumed more duties relating to investigations and prevention. Kovar lives in Botetourt and has nine years of fire and EMS experience. Prior to coming to the  County, he served in the U.S. Army. Smith worked in the private sector performing theft investigations before moving to the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. Prior to his current duties in Botetourt, he served on medic units in Buchanan and Fincastle and on a fire unit in Fincastle. Both men look forward to their new roles in investigations and prevention and are excited to meet and educate the community.

“We are eager to help the citizens of Botetourt and would love opportunities to reach out to any groups that might have an interest in learning more about fire prevention,” said Kovar, Fire Prevention Officer.

For more information about National Fire Prevention Week, please contact the Department or visit the NFPA’s website at






For more information, contact

David Firestone, Division Chief

(540) 473-8401