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State Fire Marshal Announces 50th Smoke Alarm Save

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 03:32am

NASHVILLE – Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak is proud to announce that the Get Alarmed smoke alarm installation program has saved 50 Tennesseans from fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has distributed more than 50,000 alarms to fire departments across Tennessee. The installation of these smoke alarms not only provides lifesaving early alerts for homes in high-risk areas,  but it also allows individuals to meet their local firefighters, ask questions, and learn about how to keep their loved ones safe from fire.

“The Get Alarmed program is on the front lines of fighting fire fatalities in Tennessee,” said McPeak. “With every life saved, we demonstrate the necessity of working smoke alarms and the importance of having conversations about residential fire safety with every Tennessean.”

The Gates Fire Department installed the smoke alarm responsible for the 50th save. The smoke alarm was installed one week before the fire happened.


Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention Gary West said of the 50th save, “This program is a true example of what can happen when communities come together. The State Fire Marshal’s Office provides fire departments with the smoke alarms and the conversations that then happen [while the alarms are being installed] between firefighters and residents can be the difference between life and death. We are incredibly proud of this program and look forward to working with fire departments across the state to get more of these life saving devices installed into Tennessee homes.”

Fire departments interested in participating in the Get Alarmed program are encouraged to contact Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Claire Marsalis with the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-532-5847 or

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 the Get Alarmed program.

To read about all of the programs saves visit:

To learn more about home smoke alarms visit:

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