Fire Alarm Rally

Hundreds of homes are safer after volunteers hit the streets in one Lincoln neighborhood as part of the second annual Lincoln smoke alarm rally.

Those volunteers were out in the neighborhood around Mcphee elementary school.

Each alarm took about 5 minutes to install and the residents there say they know it was five minutes which could save their lives.

Quint Dacey's apartment, is protected.

“It's kind of nice since at an early age I've always been raised that its important to have a fire alarm in the house,” Dacey said.

About 100 volunteers installed about 500 alarms on Saturday. All part of the Lincoln smoke alarm rally.

They targeted the area near Mcphee elementary school because, in 2009, that's where Lincoln fire and rescue responded to the most calls.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Jeff Hatcher talked about Saturday's turnout and support.

“It's so cool to see the community rally around a part of the city that needs help. These residents need more protection and the volunteers that came out today are doing that,” Hatcher said.

Thomas Brown is one of the volunteers.

“I think every home or business should have a smoke alarm. It's kind of like the first line of defense for fire protection,” Brown said.

Every alarm has a 10 year battery life and a hush button. So if it goes, off unnecessarily, you can quiet it.

That's what Dacey likes the most as for the volunteers.

“Thanks for helping me out thanks for making my home safer I'm not trying to be corny or anything I do appreciate it,” Dacey said.

 If you live in a home and you don't have a fire alarm. Don't worry. All you have to do is call the fire department. They'll come out and install them, for free.  the number for those free installations is 441–7363.