Golder Ranch Fire District awarded national honor - Tucson News Now

Golder Ranch Fire District awarded national honor

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation honored the Golder Ranch Fire District with the 2012 Life Safety Achievement award.

"Experience tells us that fire prevention activities and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires", the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation said in a news release.  "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 prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve those efforts."

The award, created in 1994, recognizes local fire prevention efforts that have helped reduce residential-fire deaths. Golder Ranch recorded zero fire-related deaths in 2012.

"This award is direct reflection on our prevention and community outreach projects," Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer said. "Our commitment to providing prevention and education programs in a variety of settings, from school classrooms to community events and gatherings, ensures that we cultivate safe community.  I am honored to receive this award and proud of the men and women of the Golder Ranch Fire District."

Officials with the department say residential fires in the United States only account for 20 percent of all fires, but they result in 80 percent of all fire-related deaths. 

Golder Ranch Fire hosts fire extinguisher classes, smoke detector battery replacement programs, residential lock box tutorials, among other courses aimed at reducing fires and fire-related deaths.

For more information, visit the Golder Ranch Fire District website at www.grfdaz.gov.

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