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The Columbia Fire Department earns 2011 Life Safety Achievement Award.
The Columbia Fire Department has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for the year 2011 by the NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation in partnership with the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by J. William Degnan, President of the NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation.
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 Columbia Fire Department qualified for this award in 2011 because it recorded zero fire deaths in structures or a reduction by at least 10% during the year. In addition, the department was able to demonstrate the existence of an active and effective fire prevention program and a clear commitment to reducing the number of fires in the homes in their community.
Although residential fires in the United States account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The RSFI is committed to reducing this number.
"Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires", the NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation 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."
The NASFM Fire Research & Education 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-safety 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jim Narva, Executive Director
NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation
NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation web site: www.firemarshals.org