BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Fire Department parked trucks throughout Biloxi neighborhoods on Saturday, but not because anything was on fire.
The department partnered with the American Red Cross to reinforce fire prevention. Because of a grant from the Red Cross, BFD is providing smoke detectors for several neighborhoods throughout the city.
During fire prevention month, nine different areas will be covered over the span of three weekends; helping to make sure residents are safe.
"We know that smoke detectors, if we get that early warning, will help save lives," said Deputy Chief Vincent Payne.
According to Payne, his department usually has to respond after a fire, so he's glad he can now help on the prevention side.
Several houses throughout the residential area needed new detectors, and the owners were grateful to receive assistance.
"It saves a lot of money, and it saves a lot of lives," said Marc Harbison.
For Harbison, the thought of checking his detector doesn't regularly cross his mind.
"I didn't even think about it, really. So when they came to the door this morning I thought it was a great idea," Harbison added.
Cono Caranna, who helped the Red Cross and the fire department go door to door, says the partnership just makes sense.
"This is just one small part of what the Red Cross does, and teaming up with the Biloxi Fire Department to get it out was just a no brainer," said Caranna. "Hopefully we'll save some lives."
The Red Cross and BFD will continue canvassing residential areas throughout the city for the remaining two weekends in October.
If you are a Biloxi resident in need of a smoke detector and would like to find out more, call the Biloxi fire chief's office at 228-435-6200, email email@example.com or contact the Red Cross at 228 896-4511.