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Tennessee Fire Mortality Study

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Reviewed Date: May 23, 2017

Original Author: 
Folz, David
Shults, Chris
Meyers, Mike
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Festa, Leah
West, Gary
Date of Material: 
Jul 25, 2011

Fire--Public information

Tennessee Fire Mortality Study

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.

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.


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.


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