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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, January 11, 2013

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IOWA SMOKE ALARM PROJECT ACCEPTS NEW FUNDING TO PROTECT FAMILIES
Two New Grants Totaling Nearly $300,000 Will Support Community Firefighters in 2013

WHO: Iowa State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds
  Firefighters from Ankeny, Denison, Ottumwa, Storm Lake, Muscatine, Sioux City, Burlington, Ames, Carroll, Waterloo, Centerville, Breda,  Oskaloosa, Marion, Harlan, Clive, Davenport and Glidden
  State Farm Insurance
  Casey’s General Stores
   
WHAT: Reynolds will announce two recent grant awards to support buying and installing home smoke alarm units in communities throughout Iowa. Firefighters from seventeen surrounding communities will pick up several hundred of the alarms Tuesday morning between 9:30 a.m. and noon. A news conference about the grants and the project will begin at 10 a.m.
   
WHERE: Casey’s General Stores warehouse at 1 Convenience Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa.
   
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon, with a news conference at 10 a.m.

Additional Information:

The State Fire Marshal's Smoke Alarm Installation Program managed by the Iowa Firefighter's Association has received a $245,000 federal smoke alarm grant and a $50,000 State Farm Insurance grant to help meet  Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds’ goal that every Iowa child grow up in a home with smoke alarms.

The first order of 3,000 smoke alarms and 300 smoke/strobe units for deaf and hearing impaired individuals has arrived and is ready to be distributed to Iowa communities. The grants eventually will cover the cost of more than 11,600 smoke alarms in 2013.

For the last three years, Casey’s General Stores has supported the project by lending its statewide distribution network to deliver the smoke alarms to firefighters across Iowa, who then will assist families by making sure the units are properly installed.

This is the third year State Farm has provided a grant to help make the smoke alarm installation project possible.

Since October of 2010, Iowa fire departments in more than 200 communities have worked tirelessly to install more than 33,600 smoke alarms and nearly 500 smoke/strobe units in Iowa homes.  Iowa remains one of the first states in the nation to implement a statewide smoke alarm installation program. “With the tremendous support we have received from our partners, we have been able to advance the cause of public safety,” Reynolds said. “At the end of the day, it’s about doing the right thing for our children.”  

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