The 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 purchased 20,000 smoke alarms to be distributed to fire departments and installed in at-risk homes across the state as part of their Get Alarmed program. The response to this effort was so great that the SFMO has purchased an additional 18,000 alarms to keep the program going.
You can view the progress of the Get Alarmed program by accessing this map of smoke alarm installations. (updated November 6, 2014)
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 state’s Get Alarmed program, please contact Claire Marsalis with the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-532-5847 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Get Alarmed program has been credited with saving the lives of 71 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 smoke alarms, click here.
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