Wynne Fire Department the will be making smoke alarms and batteries available to the public at no cost thanks to a recent grant of $550 grant from the Endowment Foundation of Cross County (EFCC).
Wynne Fire Chief Whaley said "We want to do everything we can to save lives by getting the people out of burning buildings before it is too late. Providing free smoke alarms and batteries is one step toward greater safety for citizens." The fire department will install new detectors or service and change old batteries free of charge for anyone in its district. The Endowment Foundation is happy to help with funding the smoke alarm project. This is the fifth grant EFCC has made to area fire departments.
In earlier grants, the Wynne Department received funds for a hand held global positioning system and for smoke alarms, Cherry Valley received a grant for equipment, and the Parkin Department received funding for smoke alarms. EFCC has made grants totaling $31,730 in Cross County since its inception in July 2003. Funding for these grants has come from Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, Cross County Housing Endowment, and from EFCC's Unrestricted Grant Making Endowment.
In addition to making grants EFCC helps non-profit groups establish fund to accomplish projects that benefit the community. Individuals may also establish funds to achieve their own charitable goals.