Fire District earns Life Safety Achievement award for public outreach, safetyThe Cloquet Area Fire District has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for 2012 by the National Association of State Fire Marshall (NASFM) Fire Research & Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.
By: Pine Journal, Pine Journal
The Cloquet Area Fire District has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for 2012 by the National Association of State Fire Marshall (NASFM) Fire Research & Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by J. William Degnan, president of the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation. The district received the award because it recorded zero fire deaths in structures 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 homes in the local community.
According to a NASFM press release, residential fires account for only 20 percent of fires in the United States. However, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths.
“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” NASFM Director Jim Narva said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognized fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve those efforts.”
During October (Fire Prevention Month) the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) will visit pre-K through third grade schools in the area teaching children about preventing kitchen fires.
Public Education Coordinator and CAFD Captain Sarah Buhs will talk to the kids about the dangers of kitchen fires along with basic fire prevention topics. Each child will also receive a trick-or-treat bag with safety tips for Halloween. The bag will have a fire prevention coloring book, pencil, stickers and a smoke alarm safety book mark. The kids also will get a chance to tour the fire trucks.
“We visit over 1,200 students during Fire Prevention Month,” Buhs said, noting the money to purchase the bags and coloring books are donated from local businesses.
The CAFD will also have a coloring contest for students in kindergarten through third grade. Each child will create a poster based on the information Buhs shares on her visit to their school. A winning student from each grade will be selected to receive a pizza party courtesy of Sammy’s Pizza for their class with the firefighters at their school.
The winner also will be entered into the Minnesota State Fire Chief Association’s poster contest for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $10 to $75.