Firefighters in Floyd Co. installing free smoke detectors

MARTIN, Ky. (WYMT) - The Floyd County Firefighters Association held a special meeting on Sunday to receive a generous donation from one company. Fire officials say they hope this donation will save lives.

Representatives from 16 fire departments in Floyd County met at the Martin Community Center to receive smoke detectors to instal in homes throughout their communities.

Officials say it is a fact that smoke detectors save lives, and that is why the association applied to receive smoke detectors from the Kidde Company.

Vice President of the firefighters association, James Billiter says, "We have seen here recently a lot of fatalities in the state. By doing this, this is one step towards the safety of our fellow citizens in Floyd County."

Development Director Solomon Kilburn says, "We've received 250 smoke detectors, approximately valued at $1500."

Firefighters say there is an alarming amount of homes without smoke detectors."So many times when we are out on fires we see homes without alarms, and many injuries and even casualties are because of that," says association president Grady Allen.

Folks in the community say they are grateful for the gift of a device that could save their lives.

Zachary Mitchell says is receiving a free smoke detector and says, "It is an excellent gesture for the community, there is a lot of people out there in these economic times that are based on necessity for their homes like food...and don't have a lot of extra money to spare."

Firefighters say unfortunately many homeowners underestimate the importance of a smoke detector. Martin Fire Department Sargent John Hall says, "Until you have a problem you really don't think about it...but when the time comes you're going to need it."

Fire officials say each department will take names and schedule times to go out and install what they say is a life saver, all you have to do is contact your local fire department.

Officials do believe the free smoke detectors will go quickly. Once all 250 are installed, the association will apply for more grants and donations.

If you know of a business or organization interested in donating to this initiative, contact Solomon Kilburn at 606-424-3522 or email

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