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Three Tennessee Fire Departments Honored for Innovative Risk Reduction

Departments’ Plans Judged By National Peer-Review Committee
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 11:27am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) proudly announces that Three Star Volunteer Fire Department, Gilt Edge Volunteer Fire Department, and Sevierville Fire Department were recently honored as recipients of the SFMO’s 2019 Excellence in Community Risk Reduction Award. The awards ceremony took place during the SFMO’s annual Fire Loss Symposium which was held September 19-20 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Award recipients were recognized for their innovative work and for their dedication to preventing or mitigating the loss of life, property, and resources associated with life safety, fire, and other disasters by a national peer-review panel of professionals.

“I congratulate these three departments for their innovative leadership that sets a new standard for Tennessee fire departments,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Interim Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Carter Lawrence. “Their commitment to the application of fire prevention practices, adoption and implementation of codes, integration of risk assessment and mitigation helps make their local communities – and Tennessee as a whole – a safer place to live and work.”

Award recipients were judged based on a number of factors including identifying, assessing, and prioritizing their community’s risk to threats or hazards; creating a strategy for identifying tactics and strategies to mitigate that risk as well as implementing their mitigation plan; and evaluating, measuring, and monitoring their plan’s overall effectiveness.

Over 70 fire service professionals from across Tennessee attended this year’s Fire Loss Symposium. The annual event gathers fire service organizations to discuss Tennessee’s fire death problem and develop mitigation strategies and solutions to better protect citizens.

Award recipients were presented with a plaque during the symposium, gave brief presentations of their plans, and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Photos of the 2019 Fire Loss Symposium and recipients can be found here.