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Fire crews install smoke alarms for elderly, hearing impaired

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The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department is hoping to save lives, one home at a time, by installing new smoke detectors.

But these aren't the typical alarms.

Firefighters installed a bed shaker in one couple's home Tuesday morning. Just like it sounds, it can provide vibration in addition to the traditional sounding alarm.

It was the first of many dual detection alarms they plan on giving away.

The fire department got a FEMA grant that will provide dual detection ionization alarms, which are photo-electric versions with strobe lighting, and bed shaker alarms to 2,700 elderly and hearing-impaired residents.

"The city of Murfreesboro implemented a program called Project SAVE, Smoke Alarms for Everyone," said Assistant Fire Marshal Tracy Summar. "We've continued that program throughout the years. This year we looked at the demographics of our city and we wanted to make sure we had devices for the hearing-impaired and elderly."

"It was very nice, especially for people like us. We wear hearing aids, and we take them off at night. It will be a big help to us in case we have a fire," said Murfreesboro resident Bob Wiese.

If you are a Murfreesboro resident and would like a dual detection alarm, contact your neighborhood fire station.

Your name will be added to a list, and firefighters will set up a time to install it.

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