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[January 09, 2013]

Fire department information available online

Jan 10, 2013 (Danville Register & Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The Danville Fire Department's news releases regarding fires, fire prevention tips and emergency management are now available online.

The releases will be provided through the city's News Flash service, which is a web application that sends email and text message notifications when the releases are made available, according to a news release from the fire department. There is a free subscription required to receive the alerts.

Prior to the alert system, the fire department released statements through the local media. Now, according to the release, residents who sign up for to receive the alerts will receive the same information the media receives and at the same time.

"The local media do a fine job of helping us get information to the public, and we have been fortunate in that regard," said Chief David Eagle. "The Danville Fire Department is committed to the safety of all citizens living in and traveling through our city. A major component of providing that safety is having a well-informed public." The Danville Police Department has been using the News Flash system as a means to distribute information about incidents around the city. The fire department releases will work in the same manner. An email will be sent to the subscriber with a brief description of the incident and a link to read more about it.

To sign up for the News Flash service, visit danville-va.gov and click notify me located on the right hand side of the page. Residents will be directed to another page where they need to enter their email address in order to sign in.

For any questions about the process, residents can contact Arnold Hendrix, public information officer, at (434) 857-3331.

___ (c)2013 the Danville Register & Bee (Danville, Va.) Visit the Danville Register & Bee (Danville, Va.) at www2.godanriver.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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