10/25/10 The Indiana State Fire Marshal‚Äôs Office purchased 1,200 Smoke Detectors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for distribution throughout the state.¬† The smoke detectors were purchased with the Assistance to Firefights Grant Program-Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Family Social Services Agency (FSSA), Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services statistics show a population of over 500,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing residence in Indiana.¬† Nearly 4,000 citizens in Marshall County have been identified as qualified for the device.¬† The State has partnered with FSSA to help assist in getting the message out to the deaf/hard of hearing population as well as help us with verifying their needs.¬† The Plymouth Fire Department that services the City of Plymouth, West and Center Township residents that would quality for the device should contact them for application information.¬† The Fire Department will also assist with the installation of¬† the alarm if necessary.
The application process and instillation is very easy.¬† To apply, each household must complete and submit the online application by going to www.in.gov/dhs, Application for Smoke Alarms. Once the applicant is assessed, on a case by case bases (income is a consideration). ¬† The local fire department will be trained for installation of the alarms.¬† As for the instillation, an alarm will need attached to the wall or ceiling and the receiver requires a standard 110 electrical outlet with the bed vibrator and¬† telephone line connected to the receiver.¬† Each unit will come with an instruction booklet as well as an instructional DVD with caption.¬† The State will provide a form that the resident must sign verifying they did receive a free smoke alarm.