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Grant leads to free smoke detectors

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BAKER - A six-figure grant for the Baker Fire Department could mean more prevention and fewer fires in the city limits.

The $115,000 grant comes from a program within FEMA that provides funding for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to help protect the public.

The department plans to provide fire extinguishers as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for every home in the city.

"It actually help us do some of the things we normally wouldn't be able to do if we had to rely on our budget to do it," said Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards. "It's a proven fact with with fire prevention efforts in the city of Baker, we've cut down on our fires and fire deaths."

The fire department hopes to have a majority of the devices installed by the holidays.


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