Local fire district receives smoke alarms to distribute


Natchitoches Fire Dist. 9 in Campti received fire alarms to distribute to residents as part of the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM) grant. They were among several fire districts across the state to receive a portion of the total of 2,640 fire alarms in week 1.
FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant award, totaling $168,750, will boost the SFM’s smoke alarm inventory to more than 15,000 units for the agency’s Operation Save-A-Life program.
Operation Save-A-Life partners the SFM with local fire departments like Fire Dist. 9 and districts to provide free smoke alarm installations, at any time of the year, for families in need of assistance accessing the critical emergency-alert equipment.
Despite last year’s current home fire fatality count, 59, falling well below the number of lives lost by this time in 2020, 77, the SFM encourages families to have working smoke alarms in their homes. This is especially important with frigid temperatures predicted across the state to start off 2022 as cold weather is often associated with an uptick in residential fires.
“We are thrilled that our Operation Save-A-Life program was considered worthy of the support of this sizeable grant,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “This opportunity to access so many of these live-saving devices comes just in time for consistent cold temperatures to settle in across our state.”
To register for a free smoke alarm, or learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit lasfm.org.