East Ridge Fire Rescue Implements Smoke Detector Program

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

East Ridge Fire Rescue has begun a program to install smoke alarms in certain high-risk areas citywide.  The state of Tennessee ranks among the highest in the United States for fire-related fatalities. In an attempt to reduce those numbers, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office received a federal grant for 20,000 smoke alarms to be distributed state wide. In conjunction with the state fire marshal’s office, the East Ridge Fire Rescue Department and East Ridge fire marshal’s office have partnered with local civic organizations to conduct free residential smoke alarm installations.

Beginning Feb. 9, firefighters and concerned citizens will be in the Landsdell Park area of East Ridge from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This campaign will continue throughout the city over the next several months targeting homes with no working smoke alarms and other risk factors. The plan is to place at least 1,000 smoke alarms citywide in the next year. Involved citizens helping install smoke alarms will be identified with a city ID tag.

Civic organizations that have signed on to help so far include East Ridge’s Ruritan Club, Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club, Merchant’s Association, and Chamber of Commerce.

East Ridge Fire Rescue is active in fire prevention and public education efforts. The department has been awarded the National Life Safety Achievement Award for 13 separate years.  East Ridge is ranked in the top four percent of fire departments nationwide by the Insurance Services Office.    

Deputy Fire Marshal Kenny Custer, who is leading the smoke alarm installation efforts, said, “This is a great opportunity for the City of East Ridge and local organizations to come together and help East Ridge become a more fire safe community.”

For additional information regarding the smoke alarm installation program, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Kenny Custer.


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