Gloucester Response Team holding fire safety campaign

October is Fire Prevention Month, and members of Gloucester’s Citizen Emergency Response Team will run a campaign for fire safety in the North Gloucester neighborhoods of Bay View, Lanesville, and Annisquam on Saturday morning. Team members will go door-to-door for focus awareness on the importance of visible street numbers on homes and businesses, and deliver educational materials on the subject. The daylong effort is part of a larger campaign for clear numbering on houses and visible street signs, as well as educating citizens of the value of keeping smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in working condition. First responders have had difficulty answering calls because of unnumbered homes and businesses, said assistant emergency management director Carol McMahon, who also noted that in three recent deaths, one of the factors was smoke detectors that were not working. The campaign is a joint effort led by the Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Fire Chief Eric Smith, the Department of Public Works, Pathways for Children, the Gloucester TRIAD Council, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.