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Wilson Fire/Rescue earns Life Safety award

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wilson Fire/Rescue Services has been presented a Life Safety Achievement Award for its efforts to prevent fire fatalities through prevention efforts and fire education.

The award was announced recently by J. William Degnan, president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ (NASFM) Fire Research & Education Foundation, in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized the local fire prevention activities that contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires.  The Wilson Fire/Rescue Services qualified for this award in 2012 because no residents lost their lives in house fires during the year.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The RFSI is committed to reducing that number.

"Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires," Degnan said. "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 those efforts."