Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company and the National Association of State Fire Marshals joined together to present the McPherson Fire Department with the 2013 Life Safety Achievement Award.
According to a letter to McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal on August 15th, since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized fire departments for recording outstanding fire safety statistics and implementing effective prevention programs during the preceding calendar year.
Since its inception, the Life Safety Achievement Award has been granted to fire departments across the country that achieved zero fire deaths in the previous calendar year. Because zero fire deaths may not fully reflect a fire department's prevention efforts and may be beyond a fire department's control, the criteria was revised to include those that record a 10 percent reduction in fire fatalities as well as document an active and effective fire prevention program. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company has sponsored this prestigious award since 2001.