City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Smoke Alarms Installed

Measure Description
This performance measure is defined as the number of free smoke alarms installed by the Austin Fire Department within the City of Austin. Smoke alarm installations include those by Operations personnel as well as Public Education personnel.  This performance measure determines the role AFD has in ensuring residents are protected by working smoke alarms.
Calculation Method
The data reported are a count of the number of smoke alarms installed. The information is gathered through the completion of smoke alarm liability release forms that are completed by the resident and AFD personnel.
FY 2014-15 Results
In FY 2014-15, AFD installed 2,489 free smoke alarms, which exceeded the goal of 2,200 by 289.
Assessment of Results
Prevention and Education programs play an essential role in reducing the likelihood that an Austin resident will perish in a fire. In FY 2013-14, AFD was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that allowed for the purchase of over 2,000 smoke alarms. During this time, AFD installed 2,294 smoke alarms. Of the smoke alarms installed, 250 smoke alarms were for the hearing impaired. In FY 2014-15 AFD conducted several neighborhood smoke alarm canvasses and installed 2,489 smoke alarms, approximately 8.5 percent more than FY 2013-14. AFD aims to install 2,500 free smoke alarms in FY 2015-16.
An Austin Fire Employee installing a smoke alarm in a citizens home.
Next Steps
AFD has set a target of zero fire deaths, in line with the Zero Fire Death initiative that Chief Kerr began five years ago. AFD takes all loss of life and property seriously and knows that prevention and public education can help better prepare Austin residents for emergencies. As a result, AFD continues its mission to install free smoke alarms in residential homes.
Within AFD, the Planning and Research division developed an application to spatially display historical fire trends and fatalities within the City of Austin. Through this GIS platform, Community Outreach is better able to determine areas and individuals that are most at risk for having a fire occurrence or perishing in a fire. This data will help AFD conduct more focused smoke alarm canvasses. 
Contact Information
For more information, contact Matt Orta, Assistant Chief, (512) 974-0135.