Maryville Fire Department receives Life Safety Award

The City of Maryville Fire Department has been presented with a Life Safe Achievement Award for the year 2006 by the Residential Fire Safety Institute.

The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes local fire prevention activities that contribute to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. The Maryville Fire Department qualified for this award in 2006 because it recorded zero fire deaths in structures during that 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.

Maryville Fire Chief Ed Mitchell attributes overall reduction in the number of deaths by fire over the years to the Department’s ongoing commitment to fire safety education plus the addition of sprinkler systems in businesses and smoke alarms in homes. The Maryville Fire Department visits neighborhoods on a regular basis checking batteries in homes and installing new smoke alarms free of charge to those without them. For more information about the smoke detector program, call 865-273-3650.

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