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Northeast Times | June 26, 2022

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Watauga Fire Department Earns 2017 Life Safety Achievement Award

Watauga Fire Department Earns 2017 Life Safety Achievement Award

The Watauga Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2017 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation. Award recipients were announced by Julius Halas, president of the NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation. The award is sponsored by a grant from Grinnell Mutual.

“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see its lights, we know firefighters are responding to someone in trouble,” said David Miller, assistant vice president of Special Investigations at Grinnell Mutual. “What we want to recognize is that these heroes are doing a lot of things behind the scenes that save lives. 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 Watauga Fire Department is the only one in Texas, and one of 31 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2017 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. “We are very proud of this award,” said Fire Chief Shawn Fannan. “We have worked very hard in the areas of fire prevention and education and this award shows that we’re headed in the right direction.”

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 NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation 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.” Halas said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression.”