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A better way to save lives, and it's free

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Firefighters in Ocean Springs are installing fire alarms in homes, and teaching residents about how the systems work. The best news is the protection comes free of charge. Firefighters in Ocean Springs are installing fire alarms in homes, and teaching residents about how the systems work. The best news is the protection comes free of charge.
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Members of the Ocean Springs Fire Department spent Friday morning making house calls. They're installing fire alarms in homes, and teaching residents about how the systems work.

The best news is the protection comes free of charge.

"Funding is coming from a grant that the state fire marshal got from a federal grant to buy the smoke detectors that we're installing today," Fire Chief Jeff Ponson explained. 

The program is designed to help elderly, disabled, and low income families in the city.  Kim Tisdale knows her future is now in better hands thanks to this program.

"Being shaken awake if there was a fire would make me feel more secure," Tisdale said.  "I would feel more safe in my home."  

"I feel much much safer," homeowner Vida Risk said. "I read about the fires and it's really frightening and that's one of my greatest fears is the fires."

For the Ocean Springs firefighters who spent the day installing this state of the art equipment, there's no better feeling in the world than knowing they have averted a potential disaster. 

"In the unlikely event there is a fire, that we can likely show up on scene and everybody will be out safely before we actually have to attack the fire and try to extinguish it. There's nobody inside that we have to try and rescue," firefighter Jeremy Knapp said. 

So far, six homes in the city have had the smoke alarms installed. Several more are on a waiting list.

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