Corbin firefighters now checking on senior citizens daily
The Corbin Fire Department is volunteering to check on seniors and other residents who are trying to maintain their independence.
Family and friends may submit the names and phone numbers of the individuals to the fire department.
“Please let them know,” officials said of individuals requesting a friend, neighbor or relative they would like added to the list. “This way they will be aware to expect a phone call checking on them.”
Firefighters will call the people on the list each day to ensure they are safe and secure.
If no one answers, firefighters will check with the emergency contact for the person to learn whether there is a reason there was no answer.
If not, firefighters or police will respond to the residence to perform a welfare check.
“We used to do this all the time,” said Corbin Fire Chief Barry McDonald explaining the program was phased out when no one remained on the list.
Names may be submitted to the list by calling the fire department’s non-emergency number, 523-6509.