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Aldermen approve stun gun purchases
by by Jebb Johnston
Feb 19, 2014 | 224 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New stun guns will soon be in the holsters of Corinth law enforcement.

The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved the purchase of 10 electronic control devices and holsters from Phazzer at a cost of $6,300. Taser submitted a bid of $8,909.

The purchase is being made with available funds.

In a light open session agenda, the board also gave approval for the fire department to seek a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to provide 1,000 smoke detectors that would be installed in Corinth homes. A 5 percent local match is required.

If the grant is awarded, the FD will publicize the program and make the detectors available to local homeowners. They are not available to renters, said Fire Chief Billy Briggs.

The detectors must be installed by the fire department.

The program has been offered in the city and county previously to help citizens better protect their homes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2003 to 2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. No smoke alarms were present in 40 percent of the home fire deaths. In another 23 percent, the home had alarms that did not activate.

The board also approved a code of standards for city employees that basically mirrors state law and went into executive session for a number of matters.
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