Hawkins firefighters installing free smoke alarms for a limited time

Jeff Bobo • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:19 AM

ROGERSVILLE — For a limited time firefighters throughout Hawkins County will be installing free smoke detectors which were received by the Hawkins County Fireman’s Association through a federal grant.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office recently presented the association with a supply of smoke alarms to be installed in homes at high risk of fire.

County fire department personnel recently attended an information session and training course on the new alarms.

The devices, which were purchased with FEMA grant funds, utilize a lithium battery with a 10- year life.

This statewide, months-long distribution of smoke alarms is all part of the State Fire Marshal’s effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives.

“We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “These are tools proven to save lives — because even one fire death is one too many.”

The alarms are free, but must be installed by a county fire department or a partnering organization that has received the training course.

Because supplies are limited, the fire department may need to give first preference to those who are not able to otherwise afford smoke alarms.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in providing these smoke alarms for the citizens here in Hawkins County” said Tony Fugate, president of the Hawkins County Fireman’s Association. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely.”

To request an installation, call (423) 272-7121 or (423) 357-7181, Hawkins County Central Dispatch, and provide your name, address, and a contact number. A fire department representative for your area will then contact you to schedule a time for the installation.

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