HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) — The Holyoke Soldiers Home is safer thanks a federal grant worth more than $300,000. The money is for a new fire alarm and detection system at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 750 new smoke detectors and 52 pull boxes mean that the entire facility is now more than 100% compliant with state fire standards. The highly competitive grant was announced by Congressman Richard Neal and VA officials at a ceremony this morning.
“The proposals have to stand up under the magnifying glass, then we can be helpful,” Neal said. “They (Soldiers Home) do a nice job on that front. As you can see the improvements that have taken place here. I can help, but I can only help if the application is sound.”
“The new system will reduce the response time for the local fire department if in fact we had an incident, and without them identify the exact location so we can suppress the fire and once again ensure the safety of our patients,” Paul Barabani of the Holyoke Soldiers Home.
The facility’s previous fire alarm system was installed in 1952 and last modified in 2006. There are 265 veteran residents currently living at the facility.