Safe Haven boxes coming to Wiregrass cities

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Two Wiregrass cities will soon have Safe Haven Baby Boxes installed.

Dothan Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Chris Etheredge says they already have one baby box on hand, but they are waiting for a contractor to give the department an install date, which should be in the next week.

The first box will be installed at Dothan Fire Station #1 at 510 Columbia Highway. The other boxes are expected to be installed at the new Dothan fire stations, #3 and #10, which are under construction.

Deputy Chief Etheredge tells WDHN they have another baby box on the way, and the department plans to purchase two more.

The city of Ozark will also be receiving at least one of these boxes in the near future.

According to the Ozark Fire Department, the OFD will soon receive the haven boxes, which are expected to be installed at Ozark Fire Station #3 at 275 North Union Avenue once the city council chooses a contractor.

Deputy Chief Micheal Bryan with the Ozark Police Department says his department is not sure of the exact amount of boxes Ozark will receive, but it is guaranteed to be more than one.

The city of Madison was the first to have a baby box used in the state of Alabama on the morning of Sunday, January 21, when a newborn girl was placed in the box at Madison Fire and Rescue.

Alabama lawmakers passed a bill over the summer of 2023, allowing several cities in the state to have Safe Haven Baby Boxes.

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