One of the essential components of a smoke alarm installation program is supplies: smoke alarms, batteries, ladders, drills, and other items. But not all fire departments have the means to purchase the supplies. That’s where grants can help. A few years ago, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office applied for and was awarded about $2 million in FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to purchase more than 88,000 smoke alarms. More than 52,000 alarms have been installed. The program continues.
“Without grant funding, this project would not have been possible and annual fire fatalities would have been unchanged,” says Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Safety Education Officer Tammy Peavy.”
You can read more about the impact the installation program has had on the state’s fire death rate and other keys to success in NFPA’s Planning & Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program.