Fire department earns Life Safety Achievement Award
Suffield - posted Sep, 25 2013
SUFFIELD - The Suffield Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2012 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, in partnership with 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. Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. The Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve upon those efforts. Suffield Fire Department is one of 117 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2012 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs, as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community. Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths.