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Unicoi Vol. Fire Dept. partners with Fire Marshal to provide home smoke alarm installations

The State Fire Marshal's Office recently presented the Unicoi Fire Department with a supply of smoke alarms to be installed in homes within the community at high risk of fire. The department personnel attended an informational session and training course on the new alarms, which were purchased with FEMA grant funds and utilize a lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan.
This statewide, months-long distribution of smoke alarms is all part of the State Fire Marshal's effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives.
“We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan. These are tools proven to save lives – because even one fire death is one too many,” State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said.
The alarms are free, but must be installed by the fire department of a partnering organization that has received the training course. Because supplies are limited, the fire department may need to vie first preference to those who are not able to otherwise afford smoke alarms.
“We are excited to be able to partner with the State Fire Marshall's Office in providing these smoke alarms for the citizens here in Unicoi,” said Chief Robert Adams of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning need to get out safely.”
To request an installation, call the Town of Unicoi at 743-7162 and provide your name, address and phone number. A fire department representative will then contact you to schedule a time for the installation.