By Kevin Walters
Former Pigeon Forge Country Tonite performer and Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan, who is a former first responder, and smoke alarm manufacturer Kidde, will help bring working smoke alarms into thousands of homes as Kidde will donate alarms to select fire departments along Morgan’s 2016 tour. Kidde has donated 200 of its Worry-Free Alarms to help Tennessee continue its life-saving and industry-leading fire prevention efforts.
“Living in Dickson County, Tenn., I see everyday how committed these men and women are to their communities. As a former first responder, I want to continue to do what I can to help keep families safe. That means making sure our volunteer fire departments have the support they need,” said Morgan.
In 2011, the country music star, a former U.S. Army paratrooper who had previously worked as a paramedic, used his EMT training and rescued two young children from a burning house. Morgan spotted a house on fire as he was returning home from a concert tour. He ran inside the burning house and helped rescue the children before firefighters arrived. Due to his efforts, no one suffered injuries and the home was saved.
Through its “Get Alarmed” program, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has distributed more than 90,000 smoke alarms to local fire departments who install them in their communities. Since the launch, this program has saved the lives of at least 106 Tennesseans by providing them with the early alert of a fire in their home.
The U.S. has more than 30,000 fire departments, with 85 percent staffed by volunteer firefighters. These men and women protect more than 60 percent of Americans, particularly in rural communities.
However, volunteers have steadily declined, potentially putting families at risk. This important new initiative will serve as a call to action for support of volunteer fire departments across the U.S.