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|FEMA grant pays for new smoke detectors|
Monroe Fire Department received a $192,000 FEMA assistance grant which will be used to buy new smoke detectors for public distribution.
The grant will be used to purchase roughly 12,000 smoke detectors. The special alarms require no maintenance for a period of 10 years, which means each detector's battery is good for 10 years.
After 10 years, the alarm must be replaced.
Monroe Fire Chief Jimmie Bryant says these new alarms will help better protect citizens and prevent loss of life.
"In an effort to enhance our level of fire protection and minimize loss of life to the citizens we protect, the Monroe Fire Department launched a door-to-door smoke alarm installation and inspection campaign in 2002," Bryant said.
That campaign, Operation Safe Home, has been on-going for five years.
"While we feel that the program has been successful, we also feel that it is ongoing and not complete," Bryant said. "Many residents in Monroe still do not have working smoke alarms and many of the older alarms are in need of replacement."
"This grant would positively impact the safety of our community by ensuring that each resident of Monroe has a working smoke alarm," he said.
Once the fire department obtains the new smoke detectors, they will be distributed to local residents. The fire department will install the new smoke detectors for any resident living within the city limits of Monroe.
For more information about obtaining a smoke detector, contact Monroe Fire Department at 329-2472.