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.