Original Author: Folz, David
Co-author: Shults, Chris
Date of Material: 07/25/2011
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.
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.