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Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:51PM

Gwinnett Co. Firefighters go door to door to ensure residents have working smoke detectors

By Alyson Shields Reporter
BUFORD - Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services are going door to door and blitzing a mobile home park in Buford tomorrow.

Captain Tommy Rutlege says the blitz is an educational campaign that ensures Gwinnett County residents have working smoke detectors in their homes.

"Our focus is to make sure that the smoke alarm is there, that it's working, if it needs a battery or if we need to replace the smoke alarm, that we leave that home with a smoke alarm that works and a home that's fire safe."

Rutledge said this was the second blitz in the community, but during the first, not every home was reached. Rutledge said the team had a list of homes that were missed or had no answer during the first blitz.

Firefighters and Citizen's Fire Academy alumni will be blitzing the park starting at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"This is definitely a major undertaking by our department , something we're wanting to do to make sure to get smoke alarms out in to at-risk communities to make sure that our residents are safe," said Rutledge.

Rutledge said an Assistance to Firefighters grant helped pay for the smoke alarms.
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