142 U.S. Fire Departments Honored as Life Safety Achievement Award Recipients by NASFM Foundation and Grinnell Mutual

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The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company are pleased to announce today that 142 fire departments from 33 states earned the Life Safety Achievement Award for their fire prevention accomplishments. (See list of award-winning departments below.)

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The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have proven to save lives year after year.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company are pleased to announce today that 142 fire departments from 33 states earned the Life Safety Achievement Award for their fire prevention accomplishments. (See list of award-winning departments below.) For over 20 years, this award has nationally recognized fire departments for actively promoting fire prevention in the pursuit of saving lives.

To qualify for the award, fire departments recorded zero fire deaths in residential structures or a 10 percent reduction of fire deaths from the prior year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

“The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren’t limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families. They also present educational information to local schools and other community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have proven to save lives year after year.”

More than 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the National Fire Protection Association. These fires caused 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries, and more than $12 billion in property damage.

To reduce those statistics, this year’s award recipients organized educational programs targeted to specific age and at-risk groups, conducted fire safety inspections, checked and installed free smoke detectors, provided fire extinguisher training, offered multi-lingual fire prevention resources, and promoted fire safety messages at a variety of community events. Many educational programs—including school visits, fire station tours, and summer camps—were designed to teach kids basic evacuation skills, how to call 9-1-1, and about firefighter equipment and gear.

In addition, fire departments led the charge to incorporate sprinkler systems into building ordinances and to inform residents about how these systems can save lives and property. In wildfire-prone areas, firefighters promoted the importance of fuel-reduction around homes. Firefighters also conducted additional life-saving programs, including first-aid and CPR courses, fire safety classes for young babysitters, and drunk driving demonstrations as well as promoted disaster preparedness and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” said NASFM Foundation President Butch Browning. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve upon those efforts.”

The 2013 Life Safety Achievement Award recipients named in 2014 include:

Center Point Fire District, Center Point
City of Dora Fire and Rescue, Dora
Cullman Fire Rescue, Cullman
Spanish Fort Fire Rescue, Spanish Fort
Springville Fire and Rescue, Springville
Sumiton Fire and Rescue, Sumiton
Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service, Tuscaloosa

MCAS Yuma Fire Department, MCAS Yuma

Morgan Hill Fire Department, Morgan Hill
North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Tahoe City
NRSW China Lake Federal Fire Department, China Lake
The University of California, Irvine's Fire Extinguisher Safety Training, Irvine

Cheshire Fire Department, Cheshire
East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Co., Norwich
Mansfield Fire Department, Mansfield
Naugatuck Fire Department, Naugatuck
Newington Volunteer Fire Department, Newington
Southbury Training School Fire Department, Southbury
Town of Glastonbury Fire Marshal's Office, Glastonbury
Watertown Fire Department, Watertown
Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department, Woodbridge

Casselberry Fire Rescue, Casselberry
Clermont Fire Department, Clermont
Immokalee Fire Control District, Immokalee
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, West Palm Beach

Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, Coeur d'Alene
Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, Post Falls
Nampa Fire Department, Nampa

Bedford Township Fire Department, Cisne
Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, Bourbonnais
Countryside Fire Protection District, Vernon Hills
Darien-Woodridge Fire District, Darien
Gurnee Fire Rescue, Gurnee
River Forest Fire Department, River Forest
Tuscola Fire Department, Tuscola
Wheeling Fire Department, Wheeling

Vincennes Township Fire Department, Vincennes

Alburnett Fire Department, Alburnett
Bettendorf Fire Department, Bettendorf
Clive Fire Department, Clive
Deep River Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Deep River
Grinnell Fire Department, Grinnell
Le Mars Fire Department, Le Mars
Marion Fire Department, Marion
Spencer Fire Department, Spencer
West Burlington Fire Department, West Burlington

McPherson Fire Department, McPherson
Mulvane Fire Rescue, Mulvane
Ottawa Fire Department, Ottawa

City of Shelbyville Fire and Rescue, Shelbyville
Milton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Milton
Owensboro Fire Department, Owensboro

Beauregard Parish Fire District #2, Longville
Gonzales Fire/Rescue, Gonzales
Lafitte Barataria Crown Point Volunteer Fire Department, Lafitte
Paulina Grand Point Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, Paulina
Schriever Volunteer Fire Department, Schriever
Sulphur Fire Department, Sulphur

Bellingham Fire Department, Bellingham
Lynnfield Fire Department, Lynnfield
Malden Fire Department, Malden
Manchester Fire Rescue, Manchester
Merrimac Fire Department, Merrimac
Town of Phillipston Fire Department, Phillipston

Bethany Fire Department, Bethany
Bloomfield Township Fire Department, Bloomfield Township
Elsie Area Fire Department, Elsie
Lyon Township Fire Department, New Hudson
Olivet Fire Department, Olivet
South Lyon Fire Department, South Lyon
Tittabawassee Township Fire Department, Freeland

Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria
Brainerd Fire/Rescue, Brainerd
Chaska Fire Department, Chaska
City of Hastings Fire Department, Hastings
Eden Prairie Fire Department, Eden Prairie
Excelsior Fire District, Shorewood
Maple Grove Fire-Rescue, Maple Grove
Minnetonka Fire Department, Minnetonka
Moorhead Fire Department, Moorhead
Roseville Fire Department, Roseville
Spring Lake Park Fire Department, Spring Lake Park
White Bear Lake Fire Department, White Bear Lake

Bethany Fire Department, Bethany
Branson Fire and Rescue, Branson
City of Republic Fire Department, Republic
Columbia Fire Department, Columbia
Eureka Fire Protection District, Eureka
Harrisonville Emergency Services, Harrisonville
Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District, Kearney
Riverside Fire, Riverside
Southern Platte Fire Protection District, Kansas City
Sullivan Fire Protection District, Sullivan

Gibbon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Gibbon

North Carolina
Boonville Community Fire Department, Boonville
Buckhead Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Bolton
City of Henderson Fire Department, Henderson
City of Laurinburg Fire Department, Laurinburg
City of Mount Airy Fire Department, Mount Airy
Forbush Volunteer Fire Department, Yadkinville
Hopkins Rural Fire Department, Zebulon
Icard Township Fire and Rescue, Hildebran
Kannapolis Fire Department, Kannapolis
Morehead City Fire and EMS Department, Morehead City
Pinehurst Fire Department, Pinehurst
Rockingham Fire Department, Rockingham
West Iredell Volunteer Fire Department, Statesville
Williamston Fire Rescue and EMS, Williamston

North Dakota
Casselton Fire Department, Casselton

Elko Fire Department, Elko

New Hampshire
Hooksett Fire Rescue, Hooksett

New Jersey
Raritan Township Bureau of Fire Safety, Flemington
Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. 1, Morganville
Westampton Township Emergency Services, Westampton

New York
Cold Spring Fire Company No.1, Cold Spring
Whitesboro Volunteer Fire Department, Whitesboro

Concord Township Fire Department, Concord Township
Delaware Fire Department, Delaware
West Licking Joint Fire District, Pataskala

Hazleton Fire Department, Hazleton
Lake City Fire Company, Lake City
Montgomery Township Department of Fire Services, Montgomeryville
Ridley Park Fire Department, Ridley Park
Union Fire Co. No. 1, Manchester

South Carolina
Georgetown City Fire Department, Georgetown

Germantown Fire Department, Germantown
Henderson Fire Department, Henderson
Pigeon Forge Fire Department, Pigeon Forge
Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Sharps Chapel

Ben Bolt Fire Department, Ben Bolt
Highland Village Fire Department, Highland Village

Layton City Fire Department, Layton
Lehi Fire Department, Lehi

City of Staunton Fire and Rescue, Staunton

Marysville Fire District, Marysville

Ashippun Fire Department, Ashippun
City of Janesville Fire Department, Janesville
Darien Fire Department, Darien
Middleton Fire District, Middleton
Stanley Fire Department, Stanley
Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, Sun Prairie

Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, Riverton

About NASFM Foundation
The NASFM Foundation is a public interest group whose mission is to reduce residential fire deaths and injuries. The Foundation advocates the use of residential fire sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people fire-safe behavior. The Foundation assists fire departments with implementing residential sprinkler/smoke alarm programs on a local basis. The Foundation’s partners include the United States Fire Administration, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and private industry/associations with an interest in and commitment to residential fire safety.

About Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, in business since 1909, provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through more than 1,600 independent agents in 12 Midwestern states. Grinnell Mutual is the 120th largest property-casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America.


For more information, please contact:
Jim Narva, Executive Director
NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation
Email: jnarva(at)narvaassociates(dot)com
NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation website: http://www.firemarshals.org

The 2013 Life Safety Achievement award has been sponsored by a grant from
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

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