Shreveport Fire introducing new Safety Task Force

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Shreveport Fire Department is taking steps to keep 2008 from becoming a record year for fire deaths.

Fire Chief Brian Crawford will unveil the specific goals of a new Fire Safety Task Force during a news conference at 1p.m. Monday at the main fire station on North Common Street.

According to a news release, the formation of the task force is in response to a recent rash of fire deaths in the city.   Five people, including three children and two senior citizens, have died in fires this year.   The most recent death was that of Joe Drain, 70, who was found July 28 inside the rubble of his burned home on Harvard Drive.

Fire department statistics show children and the elderly are among the most susceptible groups when it comes to dying in fires.   The same figures show African Americans and the poor are also especially vulnerable.

The Task Force, among other things, will be evaluating ways to get that additional fire prevention information to those groups that are most at risk for fire deaths, the release said. 

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