TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Firefighters from around the state are in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama Fire Safety Summit.
The two-day summit was held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tuscaloosa Alabama Fire College campus.
The summit is an interactive workshop designed to help fire departments focus on the free programs that can be used in any community. The event is for any firefighters who want to know about effective methods of educating the public on fire prevention.
Kelly Ransdell is the regional educational specialist for the National Fire Protection Association. Ransdell says that the event will help give firefighters more tools to help protect their communities.
“We are giving education and all the free resources available so that we can help change the tide,” Randsell said. “We’ve already had 57 fatalities this year in Alabama, so we want to get the fire services actively working in their communities to save lives.”
Last year in Alabama, 97 citizens lost their lives to fire. On average, approximately 90 Alabamians are killed annually in fires, and nationally, Alabama ranks fourth in the number of fire deaths per million population behind Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
State Farm, the state’s largest insurer, reports paying $55.3 million dollars for structure fire claims in Alabama in 2015.