Knowledgebase-Tennessee Fire Mortality Study


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Title:Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
Summary:Historically, Tennessee’s fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.
Original Author:Folz, David
Co-Author:Shults, Chris, Meyers, Mike, Adams-O'Brien, Frances, Festa, Leah, West, Gary
Product Create Date:07/25/2011
Last Reviewed on::05/23/2017
Subject:Fire--Statistics; Fire--Public information
Type:Report/Study
Original Document: an_analysis_of_civilian_residential_fire_deaths_in_tn_2002-2010_final_draft_7-12-11.pdf

Reference Documents: tfca_presentation_with_national_comp_7_21_2011.pdf

Text of Document: Below is the link to the TN Fire Mortality Study recently released at the Tennessee Fire Chief's Association Conference. The link takes you to the website where the report is posted as well as a link to the Tennessee GIS map showing the statewide risk analysis. This risk analysis is from the TN Fire Incident Reports System (TFIRS) reports to the State Fire Marshal's Office from 2002 thru 2010.

The mapping tool provides the target areas for future fire prevention efforts as these are where the research shows a high probability of mortality risk. The map is interactive and you can actually zoom down to street levels. Small triangles and dates show where fire deaths have occurred in our state along with the year. Please take time to review the report, GIS map, and presentation. The website will be continually updated as more information is produced.

http://www.tnfirechiefs.com/tn-fire-mortality-study

The study was produced by the University of Tennessee with the cooperation of the Tennessee Fire Chief's Association, Tennessee Fire Safety Inspector Association, and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office. Please contact Gary L. West, Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention, Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office at 615-532-5747 for questions or additional information.