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Fire Dept. installs smoke detectors
There have been over 900 free smoke detectors installed by McMinnville firefighters like Jamie Brown in the four years the program has been offered.

McMinnville Fire Department has installed over 900 smoke detectors in the last four years.
Back in March 2013, the department entered into a partnership with the State Fire Marshal’s Office as part of a statewide distribution of smoke alarms in an effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives. The city was initially given 100 free smoke detectors with a promise from the office to provide more once the first 100 were installed.
The program proved to be a popular one. As of May 2017, the department has installed over 900 of the devices and has a waiting list of residents wanting one.
The information was presented by McMinnville Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield to members of McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“We currently have a list of people wanting a smoke alarm,” said Mayfield. “We have requested more smoke alarms and we’re waiting on those. If you know of anyone who needs one, have them give us a call and we will take their information.”
The program has a few restrictions: 1) The owner of the property must sign giving permission for the installation; 2) The city fire department is restricted to homes located within the city limits; 3) Smoke detectors are limited to three per household and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
FEMA grant funds were used to purchase the smoke detectors, which utilize a lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan. Homeowners must still test the devices regularly.
Residents who live in Warren County, but are non-city residents, can also participate in the program. In 2016, Warren County Emergency Management Agency director Jim Cunningham entered the partnership agreement to provide Tennesseans with smoke detectors.
McMinnville Fire Department can be reached at 473-3435 or 473-6739. EMA can be reached at 473-8446.
Callers will be asked to provide name, address and phone number.