There’s a new program from the Bend Fire Department that would save many lives of our senior citizens. The Central Oregon Council on Aging has teamed up with Bend Fire for a new program called Safety Outreach for Seniors - or - S-O-S. Marie Phillis with COCOA says they need a few good seniors to help out: “This program is going to give us such a great opportunity. We’re looking for 10 volunteers that might like to go through a training and help us to evaluate that home environment of the seniors so we can recognize any deficiencies that would place our seniors at risk for death or injuries." Phillis says the program will take a big burden off of the fire department. They are hoping to get some senior citizens for the training. Volunteers must pass a background check, because they will be entering private homes for inspection. They will then report back to the fire department with recommendation on how to make the home safer. For more information, contact COCOA- we have a link on our Links page.