Ventura County Credit Union joins American Red Cross to install free smoke alarms

Credit union team ups with American Red Cross free smoke alarm installation in local homes

Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU), a not-for-profit financial institution, is teaming up with American Red Cross on Saturday, April 8, 2017 to install free smoke alarms in local homes for its upcoming Home Fire Campaign event.

VCCU’s joint Home Fire Campaign with the Red Cross aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019. Home fires kill more Americans than any other natural disaster each year. Every eight minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster, and a majority of that are home fires.

Youth and senior citizens are more likely to be impacted by home fires than the general population, and the Red Cross is preparing to go door-to-door to install smoke alarms and spread the simple message “2 Steps, 2 Minutes.” The organization encourages residents to practice their two minute fire drill and test smoke alarms monthly.

“We are excited to be part of an event that provides disaster relief and preparedness education,” said Joe Schroeder, CEO of VCCU. “Sponsoring the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign promotes fire safety, and it’s always an honor to support such a well-known organization that helps keep our community safe. We want to ensure people have the right resources and information they need to prevent and prepare for home fires.”

The Red Cross has been providing disaster relief in Ventura County since 1917. By installing free smoke alarms throughout the county, more families will be prepared and educated on how to respond to home fires in case of emergency.

“This is a great opportunity for the Red Cross and volunteers to build stronger, more resilient communities right here in Ventura County,” said Kimberly Coley, Red Cross executive director. “By installing these smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information, we’re helping to save lives and empower families to make the right decisions during emergencies.”

To learn more about VCCU’s services or to become a member, call 1-800-339-0496, visit a branch or go to To learn more about how to participate with or donate to the Home Fire Campaign, visit



Ventura County Credit Union was chartered in 1950. It is the largest credit union headquartered in Ventura County, with seven offices (and a new Oxnard branch on the way), more than 80,000 members and over $800 million in total assets. VCCU offers a complete line of loans, federally insured savings, 24-hour electronic access services and more. Call 1-800-339-0496 or visit for more information.


About the American Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit

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