County fire heads delighted with state’s safety progress
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 16, 2013 | 1590 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippi is on pace once again to have the lowest number of fire deaths on record and fire deaths are down more than 35 percent since 2009.

This information comes from an article printed in The Clarion-Ledger.

"It's wonderful to hear fire deaths are down," said Gene Bishop, Cleveland fire inspector.

"Cleveland is relatively safe and we haven't had a fire death in some time."

Bishop believes this is due to the fact that fire safety codes are better than they were 10 or 15 years ago.

Because of code improvements Cleveland is now able to reap the benefits of that.

"There is also a better public awareness. More people have smoke alarms," said Bishop.

According to the article, in 2009, the state fire marshal's office began partnering with local fire departments and community groups in an effort to install working smoke alarms in homes throughout Mississippi.

The alarms were made available through three fire prevention and safety grants received through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in an amount totaling more than $1.9 million.

"If you own your home and live in the city of Cleveland and don't have a smoke detector, we have guys that are trained to install alarms in the proper areas of homes," said Bishop.

"We also have smoke detectors for the hearing impaired that include an audible alarm but also flashing lights. We even have the ability to install a bed shaker between the mattress and bedsprings," said Bishop.

Lee Teddor, fire chief of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department, also said he was pleased to report there have been no fire deaths in Bolivar County.

If residents own their home and live within the city limits of Cleveland, they can call the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department to have a smoke detector installed. For more information call (662) 843-3159.