Staunton Fire Department receives Life Safety Achievement Award for zero fire deaths in 2014
The Staunton Fire & Rescue Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2014 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, President of the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation.
“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see its lights, 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 save lives,” said David Miller, Assistant Vice President of Special Investigations at 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 Staunton Fire & Rescue Department is one of 96 fire departments across the United States and the only Virginia fire department to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2014. 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 pleased to receive this award for the second consecutive year, as it demonstrates our resolve to protect the citizens of Staunton,” said Perry Weller, Deputy Fire Marshal.
The City of Staunton has not experienced a fire death since 2004. The fire department offers free smoke detectors to the citizens of Staunton. Please call 540-332-3884 for more information or to schedule an installation.