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Free smoke alarms from West Roane Volunteer Fire Department

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By Damon Lawrence

STAFF REPORTS
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, most home fire deaths occur in residences that don’t have a working smoke detector.
The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department wants to make sure residents have this important device.
The department is planning to give away smoke detectors this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station 1, which is located at 1303 Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.
The devices will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to low-income families with no smoke detectors.
The giveaway will be held each Saturday until all 538 smoke detectors are gone. Recipients must live within the 5th Civil District of Roane County outside the city limits of Rockwood.
The department will also schedule assistance for people who are not able to install the smoke detectors themselves.
The department received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant this summer. Due to a competitive bidding process, the department had money left over after all the equipment was purchased.
The smoke detectors were purchased with the leftover money.
For more information about the smoke detector giveaway, contact the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department at 354-8201.