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Fire District earns award

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Fire District has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for 2007 by the Residential Fire Safety Institute. The award was announced by Roy L. Marshall, director of the RFSI.

For 15 years, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized the local fire prevention activities that contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. The Marysville Fire District qualified for this award in 2007 because it recorded zero fire deaths in structures during that year. 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.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce the life and property loss from residential fires,” Marshall said. “Prevention and education are very cost-effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve these efforts.”

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