City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Smoke Alarm and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alarm Program
History of the Smoke Alarm Program
Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LF&R) recognizes that early detection of a fire with the use of a properly installed and functioning smoke alarm can save lives and property. In 1982 Nebraska passed State Statute 81-5,142 that ensures smoke alarms are installed in any place of residence upon the remodel, sale, or construction of any home in the state of Nebraska. Shortly thereafter in 1984 a program was developed by LF&R to assist citizens of Lincoln by providing them with a smoke alarm to warn residents early in the event of a fire. The program continues today with LF&R providing smoke alarms and installation at no cost to qualifying Lincoln residents.
Throughout the last several years LF&R has applied for and received federal, state, and local grants to support the public education program. Through these funding sources thousands of at risk Lincoln residents have benefited from the smoke alarm program that began in 1984. Lincoln Fire & Rescue defines at risk residents as those unable to financially purchase smoke alarms, the very young, new residents of the United States, elderly individuals over the age of 65, and people with disabilities. Local partnerships with organizations such as Cedars Youth Services, Malone Community Center, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Asian Community and Cultural Center, Faces of the Middle East, El Centro De Las Américas, The Salvation Army, Aging Partners, The Center for People in Need, Safe Kids, and Lincoln Public Schools have provided LF&R the opportunity to reach the most at risk residents of Lincoln. Currently, LF&R provides smoke alarms, batteries to power the alarm, and specialized alarms for residents who are deaf and hard of hearing. After a request has been made, and the individual submitting the request qualifies an appointment will be scheduled with on-duty personnel to install a new battery operated smoke alarm.