At 6am on the morning of April 4, 2018 the Madison County Fire Department responded to a house fire on Reeves Road in Medon Tennessee. Upon investigation, firefighters learned that the family of five was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm that was installed by the Department a few months earlier, on December 22, 2017. The smoke alarm activation quickly notified the home occupants of the rapidly developing fire in the rear unoccupied bedroom of the house. Family members escaped the home while the owner extinguished the blaze prior to fire department arrival. The smoke alarm was provided to the Madison County Fire Department through a program known as the “Get Alarmed TN”.
“Get Alarmed, TN” is a grant-funded fire safety education and smoke alarm installation program administered by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. Since the program’s inception in November 2012, the Madison County Fire Department has installed well over 2,500 smoke alarms in atrisk homes in Madison County. The department also credits a “Get Alarmed TN” smoke alarm with saving the life of another person back in 2015 and the State Fire Marshal’s Office credits the alarms with saving over 225 lives statewide.
To request your free smoke alarm please call the Madison County Fire Department at 731-424-5577. Please contact your local fire department for more information if you are not a Madison County resident.