Organizations group up to install free smoke detectors to anyone in the community


Several organizations are coming together to make sure their community is well protected in case of a fire emergency.
“Most of the house fires we go to, small or big, there is usually not a working smoke detector,” said Fire Chief Grant Madden. “It is very memorable when there is a working smoke detector because sometimes when we arrive it will usually still be going off.”
The American Red Cross will team up with the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, Sweetwater Fire Department, Roscoe and Maryneal Volunteer Fire Departments to install smoke detectors in Sweetwater and around Nolan County. The program will be giving away free detectors to whoever wants one. Multiple smoke detectors in a household are best and citizens cans sign up for more than one.
The American Red Cross on record has saved 303 lives accredited to installing the smoke detectors in homes. Nolan County reached out to the organization to bring safe practices into homes of the county they work for and protect.
The event is free to all citizens. Deadline to sign up is today, January 9 and installation will be Saturday, January 13. If you want a free smoke detector, text your name, address, and phone number to 325-242-4088 or email the information to You can also message them at or call Sweetwater-Nolan County Health department at 325-235-5463.
There are about 47 smoke detector installations signed up and scheduled so far for the event held on Saturday.
The American Red Cross responds to about 64,000 disasters a year with about 90% of those being fires.