MIAMI — The Miami Fire Department and Vance Ford Lincoln are teaming up on a pair of important projects.

The dealership made a donation to the MFD to help purchase additional smoke detectors as part of National Fire Prevention Month.

It also is serving as a drop-off point for the Coats for Kids program.

“Vance has graciously provided us a check to purchase more smoke detectors,” said MFD administrative assistant Amy Bass. “We have very few left to hand out to the public. If anyone needs one, they can come by and get one from us at 103 Goodrich Blvd. (the north fire station).”

This is National Fire Prevention Week, running through Saturday. It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which struck Oct. 8-9, 1871.

In conjunction, the Miami Fire Department has been conducting shows for area elementary school students stressing fire safety, the need for smoke detectors and having an exit plan at their home in case of a fire.

The safety show, which has been going on for more than 20 years, has been presented at the Coleman Theatre this week.

“The fire prevention program we’ve been putting on for well over 20 years and an important part of our job is fire prevention and teaching kids about fire safety,” MFD Chief Robert Wright said. “That’s our future, and we want to make sure they stay safe.

“We have them all the way from Baxter Springs— more than 2,500 and they’ve just loved it.”

Last year, 150 coats were donated for the program, which is intended for children who are on free or reduced-price school lunches, Amy Bass said.

“We’d like to do that and maybe more this year for Miami school kids,” she said. “There’s a big need for it.”

Amy Bass said coats should have no tears or stains and no hoodies, jackets or sweatshirts will be accepted.

“We have no use for those. We just strictly want coats,” she said.

“People can drop off their gently used and new coats for kids,” said Vance sales consultant Kevin Bass. “We haven’t gotten the stats, but there are a lot of kids who need them. It’s getting cold and its time to bring them so we can get them warm.”

For more info on both programs, contact Amy Bass at 918-541-2322.