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For immediate release:  
January 27, 2015  
Des Moines, Iowa  

State Fire Marshal Distributes Smoke Alarms

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $250,000.  With this grant, the State Fire Marshal Division was able to purchase 10,000 smoke detectors and 10,000 ten-year lithium batteries.

To date, the State Fire Marshal Division has already received 5,000 of those smoke detectors--2,500 of those smoke detectors have already been picked up from numerous fire departments from across the state.

On January 26, 2015, the State Fire Marshal Division received the second portion of the initial shipment of 5,000 smoke detectors was delivered to the State Fire Marshal Division Headquarters in Des Moines.  Those 2,500 smoke detectors have already been spoken for by numerous other fire departments across the state. Another shipment of 2,500 smoke detectors will be delivered in March and all of that shipment has been spoken for also.

The final shipment of 2,500 smoke detectors, that will fulfill the 10,000 smoke detectors purchase, will arrive this summer and have not been spoken for by any fire departments.

Once all 10,000 of these smoke detectors are installed, a total of approximately 35,000 smoke detectors will have been installed across the state since this program started in 2010.


On January 22, 2010, four people died in a house fire in Clinton, Iowa, two of which were young boys. Autopsies revealed that they died of smoke inhalation. The smoke detector on the 2nd floor of the home was not working, and therefore, didn’t provide the critical warning to the family.

After these tragic deaths, community leaders in Clinton set a goal to make sure every house with elementary children in Clinton had working smoke detectors.  In just a few months, over 500 homes were equipped with working smoke detectors.

In October 2010, the DPS’ State Fire Marshal Division expanded upon Clinton’s efforts and began a Smoke Detector Project for the entire state.

In 2014, there were 40 confirmed fire fatalities in Iowa.

Media Contact: SFM Fire Inspector Dan Wood at (515) 725-6171.



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