Federal grant to fund home smoke detectors

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Deputy Fire Chief Joey Thorington announced to the City Council Sept. 7 that an Assistance to Firefighters Grant will provide $168,077 to install smoke detectors in Melvindale and Dearborn houses.

Last year a similar U.S. Department of Homeland Security AFG grant let the Fire Department install 2,000 smoke alarms for area residents.

“As soon as the detectors are in, we will be starting that program back up for the residents,” Thorington said. “We have interns to install them in the houses. Residents can call the fire station, they will set up an appointment for a wait list right now, then we will call back and schedule a time when they can install the detectors.”

Mayor Stacy Striz said the smoke detector installation is at no cost to residents.

Fire Chief Joe Murray said the funding will double the number of smoke detectors the department is able to install.

“The smoke alarm installation program will undoubtedly save lives from Dearborn to Melvindale and this grant will ensure this program will continue to move forward and protect our citizens,” Murray said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) also announced a $16,310 grant for Trenton to install high quality, maintenance-free, lithium ion smoke detectors in low income neighborhoods.

“Our local firefighters and first responders are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe,” Dingell said. “The grants will help provide the resources they need to continue to protect our families through prevention.”

For information, call the Dearborn Fire Department general information line at 313-943-2277.

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