Madison County Fire Department Receives Top Award

For the second consecutive year, the Madison County Fire Department has received the “Excellence In Community Risk Reduction” award from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. The award was presented to Fire Chief Eric Turner and Fire Marshal Don Friddle during the 2018 Fire Loss Symposium held in Murfreesboro Tennessee. The “Excellence in Community Risk Reduction” award recognizes a department that has exemplified outstanding dedication to community risk reduction including exceptional commitment to the application of fire prevention practices, adoption and implementation of codes, integration of risk assessment/mitigation, and innovative approach to reducing fire related injuries and deaths.

Community Risk Reduction focuses on identification and mitigation of the most common life safety threats to the community. Preventing tragedies before they occur is the ultimate goal of the Madison County Risk Reduction Team. The proactive approach of eliminating unwanted fires, injuries and deaths is the culture of which the entire fire department membership embraces. Community involvement, partnerships, strong education and investigation programs are the foundation of the department’s risk reduction plan but it is the commitment, dedication and passion of the members that make the plan successful. One partnership the department touts highly is with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. The State Fire Marshal’s “Get Alarmed” program provides smoke alarms to fire departments across the State. To date, Madison County has installed close to 3,000 smoke alarms in over 900 dwellings. The installed smoke alarms have been credited with saving six lives within the Madison County response area. The Department would like to remind residents that free smoke alarms are still available. Please call 731-424-5577 between the hours of 8am and 4pm to arrange for installation.

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