Alpena is a trial market

State Fire Marshal Richard Miller announced a statewide residential smoke alarm installation program aimed at protecting high risk populations, especially children and the elderly in Michigan communities. Making Michigan S.A.F.E. allows fire fighters to install smoke alarms in owner-occupied homes free of charge.

Miller emphasized three key points of the program are that it is a (1) sustainable (2) distribution and (3) installation program. “We aren’t simply giving away smoke alarms,” said Miller. “Trained program volunteers consisting of fire and emergency personnel are actually installing the 10-year life expectancy alarms in homes. By sustainable, we are encouraging municipalities and fire departments to seek local partners for funding to meet their community’s specific needs beyond this initial pilot program.”

Any organized fire department with a state-issued NFIRS number in Michigan is eligible to apply to the Michigan S.A.F.E. Committee to acquire smoke alarms. They must demonstrate how they will meet program goals by submitting a Community Risk Analysis that identifies their community’s needs. Departments will also be required to utilize Community Risk Reduction (CRR) and assessment principles to develop and outline a smoke alarm program for their community.

Funding for the program comes from a $95,000 Fire Prevention and Safety grant, part of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and Homeland Security funding that is available annually to the fire service throughout the country.

For more information on applying for the program call the Bureau of Fire Services at

(517) 241-8847. For information about the Bureau of Fire Services go to: www.michigan.gov/bfs