Suffield Fire Department receives Life Safety Achievement Award
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
The Suffield Fire Department is one of only 117 fire departments in the nation that recently received the Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2012. This award, given out by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, is offered to recognize departments for their role in the saving of lives.
“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see the lights, we know they’re responding to someone in trouble,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of special investigations at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”
“This is a dedicated bunch of firefighters that provide a great service to Suffield,” said Suffield Fire Chief Chuck Flynn.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2012, more than 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States. These fires caused 2,855 civilian deaths.
To qualify for this annual award, departments must either have no fire-related deaths or a 10-percent reduction of fire-related deaths from the prior year. They also must display an effort to educate the community on fire prevention.
“These nationwide loss numbers will not go away by themselves,” said the president of the NASFM Foundation, J. William Degnan. “Sustained effort is required on the part of communities to keep fires from claiming lives.”
Other communities in Connecticut which received this award for 2012 include: Cheshire, East Haven, Tolland, Meriden and Naugatuck.
Flynn said that the Suffield Fire Department will be starting its round of fire prevention programs with the elementary school students in town soon. In 2013, the Suffield Fire Department has seen one death in a structure fire in May on Mapleton Avenue.
For more information on how to become a volunteer firefighter in Suffield, visit the website www.suffieldtownhall.com.