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Fire Fatalities and Mortality Rate

As a response to reduce the number of lives that are lost annually in residential fires in Tennessee, the original “An Analysis of Civilian Residential Fire Deaths in Tennessee,” fire fatalities and mortality rate study was produced by the University of Tennessee in cooperation with the Tennessee Fire Chief's Association (TFCA), Tennessee Fire Safety Inspector Association (TFSIA), and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO). 


Updated June 2024
GET ALARMED: 500 Lives Saved

"Get Alarmed, TN!" is a grant-funded fire safety education and smoke alarm installation program administered by the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO). Launched in November 2012, the program distributes fire safety education and 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms to participating fire departments. The fire departments then deliver the education and install smoke alarms in at-risk homes across the state. 

"Get Alarmed, TN" By The Numbers: 

  • Over 300,000 smoke alarms distributed

  • 554 participating fire departments

How to Code 'Get Alarmed, TN!' Activities in NFIRS

To ensure accurate record-keeping and thorough documentation, Type Incident Code 553 - Public Service should be used for all 'Get Alarmed' program installations. This code should also be applied in the case of canvas activities, where each address visited during the canvas should be treated as a separate "Person Involved" in the incident report.

By adhering to this protocol, the State Fire Marshal’s Office can effectively track and analyze the impact of our initiatives on enhancing fire safety within our communities. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Kyle Evans at TN Fire Marshal's Office. Thank you for your dedication to fire safety and your continued partnership in this vital endeavor.

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Adam Wodzinski

Fire Prevention Division 

Community Risk Reduction Coordinator

Davy Crockett Tower, 9th Floor
500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN  37243
Office: 615-598-2683

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