GURNEE, IL – The Gurnee Fire Department has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for the year 2010 by the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI) in partnership with the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Alan Shuman, President of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), RFSI’s parent organization.
For 19 years, 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 Gurnee Fire Department qualified for this award in year 2010 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 the homes in their community.
Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The RFSI is committed to reducing that number.
“The Department is very pleased to be a recipient of a 2010 Life Safety Achievement Award from RFSI and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Our Department is very proactive in our public education and fire prevention efforts. With zero fire deaths in 2010, I think our efforts are having a positive impact on the community,” Chief Friedl said.
The RFSI is a public interest group whose mission is to reduce residential fire deaths and injuries. The RFSI advocates the use of residential fire sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people fire‐safe behavior. The RFSI assists fire departments with implementing residential sprinkler/smoke alarm programs on a local basis. The RFSI’s partners include the United States Fire Administration, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and private industry/associations with an interest in and commitment to residential fire safety.