Gonzales Fire Department installs free smoke detectors in community

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The Gonzales Fire Department District Chief Leo Graves installs smoke detectors in homes of city residents.

The Gonzales Fire Department District Chief Leo Graves installed smoke detectors in homes of city residents.

The smoke detectors are provided by the State Fire Marshall’s Office through a completed application process that determines who needs the free detectors based on the outcome of the applications.

“This is something we are so happy to do,” Chief Graves said. “ Smoke alarms save lives. It’s as simple as that. Nowadays with more and more homes having open floor plans and being made with a larger amount of synthetic materials, fires are spreading quicker than ever before, and the smoke is more toxic. We feel that these smoke detectors are a priority in alerting people quickly that a severe situation could be happening. We ask anyone that knows of someone who is in need of our services to contact the City of Gonzales Fire Department and leave a name, number and contact details. We can then contact the resident and begin the application process.”

Wednesday morning, Graves visited the home of Gonzales residents Gloria and Joe Webre, installing two updated smoke detectors and removing two outdated ones. Both Gloria and Joe are elderly residents of the parish, and their daughter, Kim Gautreau, was thrilled at the thought of not having to worry so much about her parents in their home.

“It’s just awesome that my elderly parents can get this service through the City of Gonzales Fire Department,” Gautreau said. “It’s at no charge to them and helps me to sleep better at night.”

For more information on this service, contact the Gonzales Fire Department by calling 225-644-5307.