“Get Alarmed” Smoke Alarm Installation Kicks Off Saturday in Henderson County

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 01:58pm

NASHVILLE – Volunteers are needed this Saturday to help install free smoke alarms in hundreds of homes across Henderson County.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is teaming up with the Henderson County Fire Department for the latest “Get Alarmed Tennessee” smoke alarm canvass. More than 30 Henderson County firefighters will accompany volunteers as they hope to install hundreds of smoke alarms in high fire-risk areas in the Henderson County area.

“We’re doing this as a challenge to other fire departments in West Tennessee to step up and participate in this program,” said Henderson County Chief Lynn Murphy.

Since its inception in 2012, the “Get Alarmed Tennessee” program has helped reduce fire fatalities and save lives across Tennessee. Through July 2015, 98 lives have been saved and more than 81,000 smoke alarms have been installed with the help of 420 participating organizations.

“Partnerships have been vital to the success of the ‘Get Alarmed’ program,” said Deputy Commissioner Gary West. “We thank the Henderson County Fire Department for their participation and look forward to working with many more departments in the years to come.” 

Who: The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Henderson County Fire Department.

What: “Get Alarmed Tennessee” smoke-alarm installation event. Volunteers are being asked to dress in neat, but comfortable fashion. “Get Alarmed Volunteer” orange emergency vests will be used for identification purposes. Breakfast and lunch provided for all canvass volunteers.

When: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Where: Henderson County Fire Department, 50 Natchez Trace Drive, Lexington, TN 38351.           

Contact: If you are in the Henderson County area and need a smoke alarm, or if you want  to volunteer, please contact Henderson County Fire Chief Lynn Murphy at 731-968-4153 or Alex Daugherty at the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-253-1820.