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Officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety say the state of Indiana has seen a decline in the number of deaths related to fires, a figure that dropped from 84 in 2014 down to 73 for 2015.

The department is praising local first responders across the state for their efforts in working to make Hoosiers more safe.

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says state officials applaud the first responders throughout the state who have worked tirelessly, day and night, to not only protect those in danger, but also to better educate their communities on fire safety.

In an effort to better protect Hoosiers, local departments across the state have continued to make smoke detectors available to their communities.

The Department of Homeland Security has also continued working alongside State Farm, which provided grant funding in the amount of $7,000 in 2015 for the purpose of purchasing and distributing smoke detectors throughout the state. The partnership has helped provide nearly 1,000 smoke detectors to Hoosiers over the last two years.

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