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North Fire getting into pizza delivery biz

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Sep 30, 2020


The North Fort Myers Fire Department and a local pizza parlor are teaming up to remind residents about the importance of working smoke alarms.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m., Heavenly Pizza will enlist the fire department to follow in their fire engine on two of their random deliveries with some positive reinforcement of either free food or free smoke alarms.

When the pizza is delivered, if the home has working fire alarms, the entire order will be free. If they don’t have working smoke alarms, the department will install up to three alarms for free, but you’ll have to pay for your order. The recipient will be notified first and must be OK with it.

Christi Kulwicki, fire inspector and public education officer with the NFMFD, said next week is fire prevention week and this is a different way to get their message across.

“We’re usually in schools getting the word out that way. But because of COVID-19, they can’t be in the schools this year,” Kulwicki said. “We needed to be creative.”

The department will also make up fliers for the pizza deliveries and take-out orders to further educate people, provided people bother to read it, which Kulwicki said has been the big problem.

“Half the battle is getting the information to the house. When we sent it home in the schools, the kids crumple it in their backpack or throw it away,” Kulwicki said. “Heavenly Pizza has been so nice to let us do this.”

Tracy Bundy, co-owner of Heavenly Pizza, said Kulwicki came in and asked if they could help out. She was more than happy to.

“We hope this will help teach people and that it will help our business. We just have to get approval from the customer, and that could be tough,” Bundy said.

Heavenly Pizza is at 15201 N. Cleveland Ave., at the Merchants Crossing Shopping Center. Call 997-4044.