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Smithville F.D. to supply fire alarms
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The State Fire Marshal's Office recently presented the Smithville Fire Department with a supply of smoke alarms to be installed in homes within the community at high risk of fire.The department personnel attended an information session and training course on the new alarms, which were purchased with FEMA grant funds and utilize a lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan.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. These are tools proven to save lives-because even one fire death is one too many,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.The alarms are free, but must be installed by the 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 Smithville,” Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker said. “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 615-597-4141 and provide your name, address, and phone number.A fire department representative will then contact you to schedule a time for the installation.