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Teamwork is centerpiece of smoke alarm installation program

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By Lisa Braxton

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and ten area high school football programs are teaming up to save lives in The Volunteer State this fall. Football teams are partnering with their local fire departments to install smoke alarms in high-risk areas in their communities.

“We are excited about the partnership with high school football teams across the state,” said Gary West, state fire marshal. “These athletes are taking their leadership role off the field, and showing their leadership to the people of their communities. We are grateful to our local fire departments for supporting these efforts.” One such partnership was between members of the Henry County High School football team (pictured right) and the Paris Fire Department.

The pilot program is coordinated in conjunction with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s “Get Alarmed” program. Get Alarmed provides free 10-year battery smoke alarms to Tennessee fire departments to install in homes in need throughout their communities. In addition to the smoke alarm installations, citizens also receive fire safety education and educational materials.

“We hope to involve more teams across the state in this vital program, as well as increase awareness of the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home,” said West.

NFPA’s Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program provides pointers for launching a smoke alarm installation program in your community.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department, with the assistance of Blackman Blaze football players and Coach Philip Shadowens, canvassed three high-risk areas in Murfreesboro and installed smoke alarms.

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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