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2016 Poster Contest Winners

The Collierville Fire Department is proud to announce that six Collierville students placed in the 2016 State Fire Prevention Poster Contest!  The posters highlighted the theme: "Don't Wait; Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."

The students will receive congratulatory letters from the state in the mail.  The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office will hold a Fire Prevention Poster Contest Awards Event on Saturday, Jan. 28th at the TN Fire Service & Code Enforcement Academy (Bell Buckle, TN) in their honor.
Statewide winners will each receive a First Place ribbon, a certificate of achievement from the Governor, and $50 cash.
Local fire departments across the state sponsored the contest from their districts and selected a winner from each grade.  These winners were then sent to the State Fire Marshal's Office for final judging.  The SFMO received 120 poster entries from 42 different schools. The state winners were selected by a panel of experts from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Belmont University's Art Department and Murals and More LLC.

The CFD is delighted that so many Collierville students placed in the contest.

  • Grade Kindergarten Local & Statewide Winner Bryant Dai @ Tara Oaks Elementary

  • Grade 1 Local Winner Brinley Hunsucker @ Collierville Elementary

  • Grade 2 Local Winner Stephanie Stolfa @ Tara Oaks Elementary

  • Grade 3 Local Winner Ramya Senthil @ Tara Oaks Elementary

  • Grade 4 Local & Statewide Winner Kendall Harper @ Collierville Elementary

  • Grade 5 Local & Statewide Winner Daksha Mohan @ Tara Oaks Elementary

  • Grade 6 Local Winner Catie Craig @ Collierville Middle

  • Grade 7 Local & Statewide Winner Sophie Marcrum @ Collierville Middle

  • Grade 8 Local & Statewide Winner Julia Timms @ Collierville Middle

  • Grade 9 Local Winner Laila Travillion @ Collierville High

  • Grade 10 Local Winner Erica Benton @ Collierville High

  • Grade 12 Local & Statewide Winner Katie Tucker @ Collierville High | ****4 Year Winner!

Previous Winners


Preventing Home Heating Fires

According to the latest figures (2009-2013) from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment was involved in a reported 56,000 home structure fires in the United States. Those fires resulted in 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries and $1 billion in property damage. Space heaters accounted for 40% of those fires. The leading factor contributing to house fires (30%) was failure to clean, mostly creosote, from solid-fueled heating equipment, mostly chimneys. Many heating fires can be prevented by following basic safety tips when dealing with any heating equipment:

  • Keep or maintain a 3 foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.

  • Inspect and maintain heating equipment regularly for safety.

  • Be sure to have fixed space heaters installed by a qualified technician, according to manufacturer’s instructions or applicable codes. Or, make sure a qualified technician checks to see the unit has been properly installed.

  • When buying a new, portable space heater, make sure it has the label showing it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

  • Space heaters should be turned off every time you leave the room and before going to bed.

  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn - including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products.

  • Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.

  • Never use a space heater to dry clothing.

  • Do not use your oven to heat your home.

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Wood Burning Stoves and Fireplaces


 Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from hitting nearby carpets or furniture.
  • Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly.  Wood stoves should have adequate clearance (3 feet) from combustible surfaces and proper floor support and protection.

  • Wood stoves should be of good quality, solid construction and design, and should be evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

  • The stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce the amount of creosote buildup.

  • Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.

  • Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build fires in fireplaces.  It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.

  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. 

  • Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel.  A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials.

  • Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out.  NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace.  A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.

  • If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package.  NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time.  They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.

  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.

  • Never burn charcoal indoors.  Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.

  • Allow fireplace and wood stove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container.

Kerosene Heaters

  • Read and follow the procedure in the owner’s manual before you attempt to operate or service the unit.

  • Learn the safety and maintenance procedures necessary to safely operate the heating unit.

  • Always use water clear K-1 grade kerosene.

  • Never use gasoline or any other volatile fuels in the unit.

  • Never refuel the heater indoors, when it is hot, or in use.

  • Do not fill the fuel tank past the full mark.  The space above the full mark is there to allow expansion of the fuel when it is operated.

  • Always provide adequate ventilation for the unit.  Burning kerosene consumes oxygen, and produces carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases which may cause you to suffocate or have other respiratory problems.

  • Check with your local fire department to make sure kerosene heaters are allowed in your community.

Electric Heaters

Keep space
heaters 3' feet away from thins that can burn -  furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper.
  • Check to ensure the heater has a thermostat control mechanism.

  • Choose a heater that will turn off automatically if it tips over.

  • Never dry clothes or store objects on stop of the heater.

  • Never use extension cords with electric heaters.

  • Keep anything that may burn at least 3 feet away from the heater.

  • Never allow children to play with, or around, the heater.

  • Never place anything inside the grill on the front of the heater.



Each year unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning claims hundreds of lives and sends several thousands of people to the emergency room for treatment.  At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu.  These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and fatigue.  The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health, and the concentration and length of exposure.

You can protect yourself and your family by following a few easy steps:


Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste, or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill before you are aware it is in your home.

CO can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces, and motor vehicles.

  • Install at least one CO alarm with an audible warning signal evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), near sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms.  CO alarms measure levels of the gas over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms.

  • Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

  • Never use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.

  • Never keep a car running in a garage.  Even if the garage door is open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.

Having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. Remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family

Construction of Ladder Truck #30059 for Collierville

Collierville’s newest ladder truck is currently under construction at the Pierce Manufacturing Facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new ladder truck has a Pierce Dash CF chassis equipped with a 100’ heavy-duty steel ladder, PUC pump with 2,000 gpm capability, 300gal water tank, 30gal foam tank, and an on-board hydraulic engine. Construction is expected to be completed mid-February, 2017.

The 100’ aerial platform is a multi-purpose piece of apparatus and will respond on all fire calls, technical rescue, vehicle extrication, and haz-mat/CBRNE incidents on a day-to-day basis. As the result of this purchase, it will significantly improve and enhance our operational capabilities and be a catalyst that enhances subsequent strategic and tactical priorities. It will contribute to protecting lives and property, and fully support our department’s goals and objectives toward our mission.

This week the body and water tank were merged with the chassis on the main assembly line where a majority of the option content is added. Next week your apparatus should finish on the main assembly line and is scheduled to be released to alignment and initial testing. Aerial device assembly is scheduled to begin 2/1. 
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