Gibson County sets record with smoke alarm blitz
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GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — More than 100 volunteer firefighters hit the streets of Gibson County Saturday morning all in an effort to save lives. Every county and city fire department in the county teamed up to give away free smoke alarms to those in need. The fire alarm blitz was record breaking. According to officials, more than 750 alarms were installed in homes in the county’s most at-risk areas. Officials said since the program began there’s been a 23% decrease in fire deaths in the state of Tennessee. “We’ve had a lot of fire alarms installed,” Deputy Commissioner Gary West with the TN Fire Marshal’s Office said. “Bringing this many people together and installing this many people at one time I’m assured that there is going to be a life saved in this community.” All of the alarms are given away free of charge and include a 10-year battery. If you need one for your home, they haven’t all been given away yet. Just call the Gibson County Fire Department at (731) 723-9228.