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Press Release: CAFD Earns 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) 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 heros 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 CAFD is one of the 160 fire departments across the Untied States to received the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2016 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. 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.

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 NASFM Fire Reseach and Education Foundation is committed to reducing that number.

"Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires," Browning said. "Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression."

About NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation

The NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation is a public interest group whose mission is to reduce residential fire deaths and injuries. The Foundation advocates the use of residential fire sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people fire-safe behavior. The Foundation assists fire departments with implementing residential sprinkler / smoke alarm programs on a local basis. The Foundation'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.

About Grinnel Mutual

Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 114th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and teh largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as preoperty and casualty insurance. It's products are available in 15 states.



Jim Narva, Executive Director
NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation

The 2016 Life Safety Achievement award is sponsored by a grant from Grinnell Mutual.