LFD starts smoke detector program

Matt Lasley Reporter

December 14, 2013

The Leitchfield Fire Department recently started a new program to provide free smoke detectors to local citizens.

Any Leitchfield resident who is in need of a smoke detector may now request one free of charge from the LFD, according to Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser.

“If they’ll contact us, we’ll come to their house and do a smoke detector inspection,” Schlosser said. “And if they’re having a financial hardship, we’ll give them one.”

Schlosser said he is also planning to broach the subject at the next Fire Chief Association meeting, which includes chiefs from every fire department in the county, to tell them if they have anyone in their districts who need smoke detectors, he will take them to that district’s fire chief for him to deliver personally.

“I want to get the whole county involved,” Schlosser said.

The project started this past summer when the LFD held a meeting to discuss and review recent fires that resulted in the deaths of children, said LFD First Assistant Chief Tim Duvall in a previous interview.

The LFD determined that providing smoke detectors to citizens who do not have one would likely help reduce fire-related child fatalities, Duvall said.

The LFD later met with the Grayson County Health Department, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and local Pediatrician Joseph Lee, M.D., FAAP, all of whom pledged to support the LFD’s smoke detector awareness program, according to Duvall.

“[Smoke detectors] are the first line of defense…especially when [people] are asleep,” Duvall said. “If they don’t have that, they may not wake up. The smoke will get them.”

The smoke detector program is funded by donations, and the GC Health Department Board of Directors became the first benefactor by donating $1,000, Schlosser said.

In addition, the LFD reached an agreement with Future Designs, whom will sell the smoke detectors with batteries for just above $3 a piece, according to Duvall.

That price coupled with the GC Health Department’s recent $1,000 donation has allowed the LFD to make an initial purchase of about 256 smoke detectors to distribute to area residents, Schlosser said.

For more information about the LFD’s smoke detector program, call the LFD at 270-259-6376.