Life Safety Achievement Award applications now open to recognize fire departments

Does your local fire department promote fire prevention? If so, it may be eligible for the Life Safety Achievement Award, sponsored by National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual.

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized both professional and volunteer fire departments for outstanding fire safety statistics and effective fire prevention programs during the preceding calendar year. The award application is now available on NASFM’s website and Grinnell Mutual’s website, grinnellmutual.com.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” said Jim Narva, executive director for the NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation. “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.”

Fire departments across the United States are eligible for the national Life Safety Achievement Award. To qualify, fire departments must record zero fire deaths in residential structures or a 10 percent reduction of fire deaths during 2015. In addition, they must demonstrate a commitment to preventing residential fires in their local communities through effective fire prevention programs. The applicants must show evidence that the department’s fire prevention efforts increased over the previous year and made a positive impact.

“The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren’t limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families,” said Dave Miller, assistant vice president of Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “They also educate local school and community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place.”

Residents can help their local fire service earn recognition by encouraging their fire chief to apply for the Life Safety Achievement Award. All applications must be received by July 31. Award recipients will be notified in September.

About National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation is a public interest group with a mission 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.