Editorial: Alarm initiative could save lives

Published 8:50 pm Tuesday, March 30, 2010

By the North Chilton Advertiser staff

The Jemison Fire Department will be participating in a worthwhile cause over the next few months.
The department sought and received a grant through the Alabama Smoke Alarm Initiative that will allow firefighters to provide and install alarms for Jemison residents without alarms that work properly.
Jemison firefighters have already received training on installing the alarms and on providing fire safety information, which will be useful even for those who don’t need a new alarm. The official effort, though, will begin with kick-off event at 10 a.m. on April 10 at Jemison Fire Station One.
The following Monday through June 15, firefighters will be going door-to-door in Jemison, providing safety information and alarms.
Dennis said the initiative has saved 73 lives since its inception in 1998. If it helps save even one life in Jemison, it will be well worth the time and effort put in by the city’s firefighters.