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Verbatim: Smoke alarms free for the deaf, hard of hearing

Statement issued Thursday:

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office announced today that more than 1,200 free smoke alarms, designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, are being purchased for distribution to financially qualifying Hoosiers throughout the state.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

"Smoke alarms play a key role in ensuring the safety of citizens and firefighters," said IDHS Chief of Staff Mike Garvey. "This $300,000 grant and the smoke alarms it will purchase, have the potential to significantly improve the safety of individual recipients and the firefighters who serve in their jurisdictions."

Funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, a $300,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program—Fire Prevention and Safety Grant will be used to purchase the alarms.

The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire and fire-related hazards.

The smoke alarms consist of a strobe light and bed shaker to allow the deaf or hard of hearing individual to be awakened at night or see the strobe light while awake. The alarms will be installed in homes by local fire departments free of charge to recipients.

Individuals who are interested in receiving one of these specialized smoke detectors, and who cannot afford to purchase one on their own, should apply online at by clicking on "apply for free smoke alarm."

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office will be working with the Indiana Family Social Services Agency (FSSA), to qualify deaf and hard of hearing residents with financial need.

60 available locally

Statement issued Thursday by the Fort Wayne Fire Department:

The Ft. Wayne Fire Department Public Education Division, in partnership with Chief of Staff Mike Garvey from the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, hosted a news conference announcing that the State of Indiana has received an AFG Fire Prevention Grant to purchase 1,200 smoke alarms for distribution to deaf and hard of hearing residents in Indiana.

The Ft. Wayne Fire Department also has 60 of these specialty smoke alarms available to Allen County residents who qualify. For further information regarding the smoke alarm program please refer to the “Community” drop down box at: or contact Captain Dave Meadows at 427-1483.

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