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FFD receives Life Safety Achievement Award

The Farmington Fire Department recently received the 2012 Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention programs.

The Farmington Fire Department is the recipient of the Life Safety Achievement Award for 2012.

Given by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, the award recognizes departments that have excelled in the area of fire prevention.

It's the first time in over a decade FFD has received the award, Farmington fire marshal John Powers said. The last time Farmington received the designation was in 2002.

In order to be eligible for the award, fire departments have to demonstrate a record of not having any fire-related deaths or injuries. A fire department's public fire prevention program is also evaluated as part of the qualification, Powers said.

"They have to have an active program to eliminate the likelihood of fire-related injuries," he said.

Part of the application process requires a written essay on what departments do for community education regarding fire prevention and how to escape injury in the event of a fire. It also touches on what the individual departments do to educate their own firefighters.

"It includes all the investigations, the inspections, and the public events we go to to teach the public about fire prevention," Powers said.

Only 117 fire departments across the United States received the award this year. The award is given to departments that have recorded zero fire-related deaths in 2012.

It's a nice award to receive, Powers said.

"The award is a nice way to highlight all the effort of everybody on the fire department when it comes to fire prevention," Powers said. "It's hard to quantify how many fires we prevent, so it's nice to be recognized with this award."

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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