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Smoke alarm program still hot
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McMinnville Fire Department’s free smoke detector program is still hot after almost five years.
“This year, we have been to 40 homes and put up 170 smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield. “We hope to double that this coming year.”

The department entered into a partnership with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in March 2013 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 state to provide more once the first 100 were installed. Since that time, more than 1,000 smoke detectors have been re-ceived and installed by the department.

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.

McMinnville Fire Department can be reached at 473-3435 or 473-6739. Callers will be asked to provide name, address and phone number.