Oktibbeha County receives free fire alarms

Brad Davis a Deputy Fire Marshal from Hattiesburg Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy Stein Mc Mullen from Starkville Fire Department State Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis and Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan unload smok

Here again is an update on the program from Everett Fire Marshal's office...

In 2006, MS had the highest number of fire deaths in the nation.

In 2010, a grant of almost $1 million was given to MS for the goal of distributing smoke alarms to homes.

More than 300 alarms have already been distributed to fire departments in Brandon, Starkville and Oktibbeha County.

It's only fair to share.

Davis goes on to say any smoke alarm must be changed after 10 years. "We welcome this partnership with Vision 20/20 and thank them for providing these vital devices". Those with existing smoke detectors had batteries checked and replaced, free-of-charge, if necessary. "A smoke alarm, education, and having a fire plan in the house all play a part".

"With the lack of residential sprinklers that would detect and extinguish the fire, that is your only method for becoming alert to the fact that there is a fire", said La Crosse Fire Department Chief Gregg Cleveland.

Crew manager Davis said, "The occupant of this property was extremely lucky to escape without serious injury, which was down to early detection of the fire by the working smoke alarms that were fitted in the property".

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