160 U.S. fire departments honored as Life Safety Achievement Award recipients by NASFM Foundation and Grinnell Mutual

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company are pleased to announce that 160 fire departments from 38 states earned the Life Safety Achievement Award for their fire prevention accomplishments in 2015. (See the list of award-winning departments below.) For over 20 years, this national award has 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.

“Fire departments take pride in what they are doing, and we want to give them the recognition they deserve,” said David Miller, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award celebrates fire departments for their efforts in organizing fire safety inspections, offering outreach programs that spread the word about fire safety, and, most importantly, saving the lives of people in their communities.”

More than 1.2 million fires were reported in the United States in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the National Fire Protection Association. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and more than $11.5 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 and how to call 9-1-1.

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, and promoted disaster preparedness and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

The 2015 Life Safety Achievement Award recipients named in 2016:

Alabama:
City of Dora Fire & Rescue
Springville Fire & Rescue
Trussville Fire & Rescue
Gulf Shores Fire Rescue
Spanish Fort Fire Rescue

Arkansas:
West Memphis Fire Department

Arizona:
MCAS Yuma Fire Department
City of Prescott

California:
University of California - Irvine
Rattlesnake Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
Valley Center Fire Protection District
Valley Center Fire Protection District

Connecticut:
East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company
Watertown Fire Department
Naugatuck
Tolland
East Hartford Fire Department
Suffield Fire Department

Florida:
Clermont Fire Department
Maitland Fire Rescue Department
Stuart Fire Rescue
Sunrise Fire Rescue
Tamarac Fire Rescue
Oviedo Fire Rescue Department
Immokalee Fire Control District

Georgia:
Peach County Fire Department
Riceboro Vol Fire Rescue Dept
Sylvester Fire Department

Iowa:
Grinnell Fire Department
Deep River Volunteer Fire Co, Inc.
Marion Fire Department
Alburnett Fire Department
Altoona Fire Department
Spencer Fire Department

Idaho:
Northern Lakes Fire Protection District
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue

Illinois:
Bourbonnais Fire Protection District
Gurnee Fire
Henry Fire Protection District
Wheeling Fire Department
Effingham Fire Department
Waverly Fire Department
Zion Fire and Rescue Department
Countryside Fire Protection District
Alsip Fire Department

Indiana:
Community Fire & Rescue Association
Jackson Township Fire Deparment Station # 5

Kansas:
Mulvane Fire Rescue
Andover Fire-Rescue
Ottawa Fire Department

Kentucky:
Milton Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Campbell County Fire Dist #1
Lancaster Fire& Rescue
Highview Fire Protection District
Fort Knox Fire & Emergency Services
Danville Fire Department
Kingscreek Volunteer Fire Department
Georgetown Fire Department

Louisiana:
Schriever Volunteer Fire Department
City of Gonzales Fire Department

Massachusetts:
Shrewsbury Fire
Merrimac Fire Department

Maryland:
City of Laurel Fire Marshal Office
Huntingtown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department

Michigan:
Lyon Township Fire
Graafschap Fire Department
Saugatuck Township Fire District
Rochester Hills Fire Department
Olivet Fire Department
Tittabawassee Township Fire Department

Minnesota:
Eden Prairie
Minnetonka Fire & E/M
Long Lake Fire Department
Moorhead Fire and Rescue
Excelsior Fire District
Chaska Fire Department
City of Hastings
Alexandria Fire Department
Hopkins Fire Department
Golden Valley Fire Department
Albany Fire Department
Avon Fire Department
Minnetonka Fire Department
Roseville Fire Department
Montevideo Fire Department
Stewartville Fire Department
Maple Grove Fire - Rescue
Cloquet Fire Department
Spring Lake Park Fire Department
White Bear Lake Fire Department

Missouri:
Riverside Fire Rescue
Battlefield Fire Protection District
Branson Fire Rescue
Pierce City Fire Protection District

North Carolina:
Icard Township Fire and Rescue
Etowah Horse Shoe V.F.R.D.
Pinehurst Fire Department
Boonville Community Fire Department
Vance County Fire Department
Elkin Fire Department
City of Mount Airy Fire Department
Kitty Hawk Fire Department
Nags Head Fire Rescue

North Dakota:
Kulm Volunteer Fire Department

Nebraska:
Scribner Volunteer Fire Department
City of McCook Fire Department
Pawnee City
Madison Vol. Fire and Rescue
Bertrand
Wood River Fire & Rescue
Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department

Nevada:
Elko Fire Department

New Hampshire:
Gorham Fire Department

New Jersey:
Westampton Township Emergency Services
Berlin Volunteer Fire Department
Fort Lee Fire Department

New York:
Ogdensburg Fire Department

Ohio:
Delaware Fire Department
Concord Township Fire Department
Upper Sandusky Fire Department
Glendale Fire Department

Oklahoma:
Guthrie Fire-EMS

Pennsylvania:
Lake City Fire Company
North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department
Lake Ariel fire company
Montgomery Twp. Fire Services

South Carolina:
Landrum Area Fire & Rescue District
Walterboro City Fire Dept.
Easley Fire Department
Aiken Department of Public Safety
Hartsville Fire Department
Georgetown City Fire Department
Hampton Fire Department
Midway Fire Rescue

South Dakota:
Wallace Fire Department

Tennessee:
City of Columbia Fire Department
City of Ripley
Madisonville Fire-Rescue
City of Henderson
City of Athens Fire Department
Selmer Fire Department
Sharps Chapel Fire Department
East Ridge Fire Rescue
City of Clinton Fire Department
Germantown Fire Department

Texas:
Ben Bolt Volunteer Fire Department
Highland Village Fire Department
Haslet
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Fire & Emergency Services
Flower Mound Fire
Sheppard AFB Fire Emergency Services

Utah:
Lehi Fire Department

Virginia:
City of Staunton Fire & Rescue

Vermont:
Newport City Fire Department

Wisconsin:
Middleton Fire District
City of Janesville
Stanley Fire Department
Town of Ixonia Fire Department
Sun Prairie Fire Department
Merrill Fire Department

Wyoming:
Riverton Volunteer Fire Department

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.