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Marion Fire Department Earns 2015 Life Safety Achievement Award

Post Date:09/14/2016 11:22 AM

Marion Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2015 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

The Marion Fire Department is one of 160 fire departments across the United States to be recognized.

“When we see the lights and hear the sirens, we know firefighters are responding to someone in trouble. What we don’t know is that these unsung heroes are doing a lot of things behind the scenes that also saves lives,“ said David Miller, assistant vice president of special investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “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 Marion Fire Department is recognized for recording zero fire deaths in 2015, for having an active and effective fire prevention and public education programs, as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

While 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.

“Public education and fire prevention are a priority for our department,” said Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill. “From media interviews to classroom visits to community demonstrations, we were able to make more than 7,300 public education contacts last year.”

Learn more about the Marion Fire Department’s public education program or call (319) 377-8237.

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