The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is on a mission to prevent home fire deaths in Tennessee! Using grant funds awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the SFMO launched its Get Alarmed program in November 2012. Through the program, smoke alarms are distributed to fire departments to be installed in at-risk homes across the state. While in the home, the installers explain key fire safety tips to residents and encourage them to create a home fire escape plan.
Since its inception, the Get Alarmed program has distributed over 75,000 smoke alarms to 410 Tennessee fire departments and community service organizations. An average of 157 homes receive smoke alarms each week as part of this program. Get Alarmed has been credited with saving the lives of 89 Tennesseans so far, demonstrating that working smoke alarms can and will save lives. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants all Tennesseans to have these vital devices in their homes. To learn more about the importance of smoke alarms, click here.
You can view the progress of the Get Alarmed program by accessing this map of smoke alarm installations. (updated April 8, 2015)
In order to receive these 10-year battery smoke alarms, fire departments need to access the SFMO’s train-the-trainer course on smoke alarm installation. Fire departments that do not have the staff resources to install the alarms are encouraged to present the training course to civic/church/community service groups in their area and designate a portion of their alarm supply to that group for installation within the community. It is important to note that the goal of this program is not to simply hand out alarms, but to install the devices in homes in need across the state while also educating residents of fire safety measures.
The program also allows fire departments to receive, while supplies last, a limited amount of bed shaker alarms designed specifically for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Priority for these specialty alarms is given to those who cannot afford to purchase the devices on their own.
If your department is interested in participating in the Get Alarmed program, please contact Claire Marsalis with the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-532-5847 or email@example.com. Members of the public interested in smoke alarm installations should first contact their local fire department, as many of these departments may already have smoke alarms available through this program.
We look forward to partnering with all of our local fire departments to reduce fire fatalities in Tennessee!
Smoke Alarm Saves
Resources for Participating Fire Departments