The members of “Rookie” Group II of Bradley County Fire-Rescue are credited with helping save a life days after they performed a special service.
During the winter and just after they were hired to fill the shoes of Bradley County firefighters, the group of new hires went around to areas of the city and county installing smoke alarms.
According to reports, a small, wood-frame home caught fire while the occupant was asleep.
The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office in Nashville notified the Cleveland Fire Department, which responded to the fire and, in turn, notified BCFR interim Chief Troy Spence.
The Fire Marshal’s Office collected data which flagged the installation of the smoke alarms as well as the fire incident.
According to reports, the occupant of the structure was asleep in a recliner in an adjacent room. The fire had erupted in the kitchen.
“We noticed this smoke alarm save when we ran the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System report against our smoke alarm installation addresses,” according to Claire Marsalis, Community Risk Reduction coordinator with the Fire Marshal’s Office.
BCFR had placed two alarms at the residence on Dec. 12.
The fire was reported Jan. 26.
According to reports, the house was fully involved when Cleveland Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene.
“It was reported that the smoke alarm alerted the occupant,” Marsalis noted.
“Our concentration was in the core of higher-risk areas of the city and county,” said Capt. Ronnie Goss, Training and Inspection officer for BCFR.
“Our goal is to save lives through prevention,” he added.
Spence said the community service of the new rookie firefighters saved a life.
“Our guys have been out there making installation of smoke alarms as well as learning fire safety, behavior, training, helping put new fire stations into service. We have been very busy,” Spence said.
Both local fire departments provide smoke alarm installation. Contact 728-7311 and follow voice prompts to the proper department.