For the first time, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Good Samaritan Society are teaming up to make homes safer from fire risks.
This Friday and Saturday, Fire Rescue and Good Samaritan volunteers will install 100 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in Sioux Falls homes.
The focus is on homes in the Cathedral District due to the area holding the highest percentage of recorded fires each year.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will provide support in helping with set-up and testing of the devices.
Battalion Chief Mike Top said by having one of these devices can help make rescue missions easier.
"We're not entering homes to make a life rescue, we're just entering with everybody's got their early detection, their early warning, and they were able to make it out on their own. So when we show up on scene, we're able to get to work on protecting and preserving property,” said Top.
The new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are free to residents thanks to donations.
Melinda Larson, Associate Director of Volunteers for the Good Samaritan Society, said the majority of residents receiving the new devices are senior citizens, age 60 and older.
"Many of the folks either might be in a position where it's just too difficult for them to determine how to install them.”
The new devices are expected to be operational for the next ten years.