Yesterday, the city of Kingsport hit the milestone of not having a fire death in six years. The milestone has been reached due to the dedication of the employees, an aggressive inspection department, and through continued Fire Prevention programs that the department offers.
During 2012, the Kingsport Fire Department responded on 8,038 calls, which was a record high. The city has continued to grow due to annexation and has added two new fire stations that are staffed 24 hours a day throughout the last five years. The population of Kingsport recently passed 50,000, and is contained in 51.25 square miles. The city operates 8 engine companies, 1 ladder company, 1 fire-rescue company, and 1 Deputy Chief out of 8 stations.
The department has a Fire Marshal and three Assistant Fire Marshal’s that conducted 3,875 inspections last year. The Public Education Officer, Barry Brickey, reported that more than 48,500 adults and children participated in the department’s fire prevention presentations and activities last year. This include demonstrations at the fire house and local school houses. The department also recently received a grant to provide smoke detectors and hearing-impaired smoke alarms for residents located in five target areas throughout the city.
An article by the Times-News can be viewed by clicking here.