The report for the 2010 media-reported fire deaths is now available on the Fire Team Tennessee home page.
I'm sure someone, after reviewing this year's document, will think this is "more of the same". I thought the same thing when putting it together. Other than the additional 10 fire deaths that made headlines, the numbers don't vary much from year's past.
So what does that mean? It means we still have work to do. As responders, policy makers, code officials, and anyone else who has a concern for life safety, it means we need to work harder. We need enough guided effort in our prevention and response work that, when we look at this report in the future, we'll be able to say "holy *&^@#!!!! That's HALF of what it used to be!"
Just a thought. Have a safe 2011.