The City of Flint Fire Department installed 1,000 free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in Flint residents’ homes from August 2023 to January 1, 2024. According to the State Fire Marshal, Flint has installed more alarms in residents’ homes than any other fire department statewide.
In August 2023, Flint joined many communities throughout Michigan in receiving alarm donations via Operation Save A Life. The Flint Fire Department received 665 smoke alarms and 333 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Building on the success of this program, the State of Michigan is donating an additional 300-400 alarms to the Flint Fire Department.
Flint residents can continue to call the Flint Fire Department at (810) 762-7336 ext. 5102 to request free fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm installation. Fire Department staff will schedule appointments for firefighters to visit residents’ homes to complete installations.
“We are so excited that the whole Fire Department was involved in this effort,” Flint Fire Chief Theron Wiggins said. “It has never happened before that the whole crew of the Fire Department was engaged in putting smoke detectors in homes. I’m thankful for our firefighters who were so willing to engage, and because of their effort, we have put more smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in homes than any fire department in the state of Michigan.”
“The Flint Fire Department has done a fantastic job being proactive about saving lives in Flint,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “It is truly outstanding that our firefighters were able to install 1,000 detectors in a matter of a few short months. They are not only responding to fires, but also educating residents and helping save lives through fire prevention and safety.”
In 2023, there were 125 deaths in 112 fires in Michigan. Working smoke alarms double the chance of a successful escape in case of a fire.