Kingsport, Tennessee marks six years without a fire death

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Apr 9, 2013

KFDThe Kingsport Fire Department and the City of Kingsport reached a significant milestone on April 3, 2013 - marking six years without a fire death in the city.   

“We have continued to increase the level of safety throughout the City of Kingsport through the combined efforts of quick responding highly trained firefighters, regular fire inspections and aggressive fire and life safety education programs.”  Public Education Officer Barry Brickey stated.  “Adding new fire stations, engines and personnel have also decreased our response times.”

The KFD will work with a local Boy Scouts group to begin canvassing high fire risk neighborhoods that are part of the recent Smoke Alarm Grant. Many of the residents in these neighborhoods will be receiving Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms and/or Batteries for their homes to help with their fire protection. 

The Kingsport Fire Department serves a population of over 50,000 and responded to 8,038 incidents in 2012 setting a record for call volume.

The Fire Marshal’s office recorded 3,845 inspections in 2012. There were 48,598 adults and children participated in Kingsport Fire Department’s Fire Prevention presentations and activities last year.  The Kingsport Fire Department presents the NFPA’s Learn Not To Burn program in each of the City’s Elementary Schools.  In 2011 KFD began the NFPA’s Remembering When Program with the Kingsport Senior Center teaching fall and fire safety. 

You'll also all remember Barry Brickey's name as he was NFPA's 2011 Voice of Sparky contest winner!

Congratulations to Kingsport for reaching this milestone as well as for all of their efforts in fire safety education. Here's to many more safe years ahead!

For complete statistics on unintentional fire death rates by state, view our interactive map and research report