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Bourbonnais Fire Protection District Earns 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award
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By Member Ed St. Louis
September 21, 2017


Bourbonnais Fire Protection District Earns 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

Bourbonnais, Illinois. The Bourbonnais Fire Protection District was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2016 by The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual. 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 Bourbonnais Fire Protection District is one of 110 fire departments from 31 states across the nation to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2016. 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.

More than 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the National Fire Protection Association. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and more than $14.3 billion in property damage. A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.

To reduce those statistics, this year’s award recipients organized educational programs targeted to specific age and at-risk groups, conducted fire safety inspections, checked and installed free smoke detectors, provided fire extinguisher training, offered multi-lingual fire prevention resources, and promoted fire safety messages at a variety of community events. Many educational programs, including school visits, fire station tours, and summer camps, were designed to teach kids basic evacuation skills and how to call 9-1-1.

In addition, fire departments led the charge to incorporate sprinkler systems into building ordinances and to inform residents about how these systems can save lives and property. In wildfire-prone areas, firefighters promoted the importance of fuel reduction around homes. Firefighters also conducted additional life-saving programs, including first-aid and CPR courses, fire safety classes for young babysitters, and promoted disaster preparedness and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

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