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We are proud to announce that Lt. Julius Hubbard (Quint 6 Red) has been selected by EPB to be one of nine artists for the 10th Street Community Mural Project!

The artists will paint murals on nine panels along the EPB substation fence at 10th and Foster Street. The central theme for the mural project is “The Soul of MLK – How artists visualize the heartbeat and soul of MLK in arts, music and culture” to highlight the history, heritage and significance of Downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area.

“I’m humbled and excited to be selected. I’m grateful to EPB for giving local emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their talent while honoring an American civil justice icon,” Lt. Hubbard said.

The artists’ work was selected by a group of outside stakeholders based on its artistic value, clarity of thought, community reflection and relevance with blind judging. Work will begin this spring.

“Lt. Hubbard is a true professional and I could not be more blessed to serve with him. He is also an incredibly talented and passionate artist,” stated Battalion Chief Brandon Schroyer. “This really speaks to how gifted and diverse the members of this department are!”

Lt. Hubbard concept for the mural is called “Dare to Dream." Congratulations!

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A Chattanooga family is safe after escaping their burning home Saturday morning.

At 9:45 AM, the CFD was called to a residence in the 400 block of North Hickory Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found an active fire in a back bedroom. They were advised that all of the residents were out of the structure.

They launched an interior attack and fire conditions deteriorated as the flames started to spread.

Crews performed vertical ventilation, cutting holes in the roof to release smoke and improve visibility on the inside.

Everyone continued working until the fire was out. It caused extensive damage to the home and the American Red Cross will be assisting the residents as they deal with the aftermath of the blaze.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Engine 4, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 1, Squad 1, Squad 13, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 3 (Blue shift), CFD Supply, CPD and EPB responded.

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In the face of unprecedented challenges in 2020, members of the Chattanooga Fire Department performed admirably and never hesitated to respond to calls for help, saving lives and property in the process.

In 2020, the CFD responded to 17,666 calls, including 238 structure fires, 5,234 EMS calls and 1,844 “Assist a Citizen” calls. Firefighters also responded to 1,611 motor vehicle accidents.

Crews saved $155,494,274 in property from fire damage.

“This year has been one of the most challenging years for the Chattanooga Fire Department and its extended family that I can recall. All of those challenges, however, remind me of how great our firefighters are and the excellent service they provide,” said Fire Chief Phil Hyman. “Sacrifices have been made with grace, and challenges have been met with perseverance, character and integrity. I cannot express enough how proud I am of our entire department and all that our members have done for the community we serve.”

Our crews adapted during the pandemic, taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and members of the public with extra safety precautions, wearing personal protective equipment and sanitizing fire halls and fire trucks continuously. All of our fire stations have remained open and in service over the past year with firefighters bravely responding to every emergency call. That included the Easter tornadoes. CFD units were on the ground in the hardest hit areas immediately after the deadly storms struck our area, making daring rescues and coordinating a massive effort to get personnel and resources where they needed to be. They worked tirelessly, even as dozens of firefighters had to deal with their own homes being destroyed, or the residences of their loved ones being badly damaged. Lives were saved thanks to their actions.

In 2021, the Chattanooga Fire Department proudly marks its 150th anniversary, a storied journey of service and dedication to our great city. A history book is being compiled to capture the department’s past as our staff continues laying the groundwork for the agency’s next chapters.

“I am confident that our firefighters will keep pushing forward in the year ahead and make our department successful through whatever the future holds,” Chief Hyman added. “I have to reflect on the fact that our department is 150 years old and has provided outstanding service since its inception. I know each member of our department will pave the way for the next 150 years.”

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A new platform has streamlined fire inspections for commercial properties in the City of Chattanooga.

Factors from at least three different databases have been combined for the Chattalytics Fire Inspection Model which predicts and assigns a fire risk score to commercial buildings so that inspectors can prioritize them for inspection.

The fire risk scores are taken from the innovative Chattalytics Model that was created in partnership between the Chattanooga Fire Department and Office of Performance Management and Open Data (OPMOD).

Members of the OPMOD team built the predictive model from scratch and designed the model results prioritization dataset the inspectors will be using.

“Scores are assigned to each property and the database can be actually numbered in order, specific property by specific property, versus lumped into a more general categories of prioritizations,” explained Senior Firefighter Shawn Hays, a fire inspector in the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The data showed that 126 commercial properties in the city had the highest tier fire risk score. Although the buildings that received lower scores also have risk factors, the highest score group needs more urgent attention for code enforcement inspections.

Immediately filtering the list of 126 properties to discern which have been inspected within the last 24 months, the number decreases to 56, meaning that 70 of these properties (56%) have already had recent code inspections.

The new platform has combined the Fire Prevention Bureau’s designation of target properties of which properties are most likely to have the highest risk scores, however, the new model justifies CFD’s predictions with analytics.

The predictive scoring from the added criteria in this new public database provides a high correlation to the existing policies for the prioritization of properties to be inspected.

“It’s reassuring to be made aware that from an objective source outside of our efforts, we are proactively already inspecting more than half of this predictive list,” Hays said.

A way CFD prioritizes needed inspections of “target hazard” properties consists of variables that include: the potential number of people in a building, if there are people sleeping in a building, whether potential assisted evacuation would be needed if there are instances of self-preservation being impaired, whether there are fire protection systems installed, and other potential risks like the storage of combustible and hazardous materials.

For Hays, a new insight that these analytics provided in his inspection district, is that he was not aware of which particular commercial properties are the oldest or which have had the most automatic fire alarm dispatches which was a criteria that is usually difficult to be made aware of with all of the required inspections for new construction, renovations, State licensing, City permits, and reported safety violations from the public.

“With the City OPMOD team’s creation of this model, the overlap of the actual data-driven type of decision-making and the existing policies of the Fire Marshal’s Office prove a high correlation in identifying and ranking which properties to inspect, unifying both time-tested approaches, complementing both of our departments as progressive, forward-thinking and proactive toward better protecting Chattanooga,” Hays added.

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Firefighters working a 24-hour shift on Christmas had a busy night battling a large commercial fire in downtown Chattanooga.

The call came out at 1:46 AM on Saturday (December 26) after witnesses at a nearby gas station reported that they could see flames coming from the old US Pipe & Foundry building at 2501 Chestnut Street.

Quint 1 was first to arrive and confirmed that it was a heavily involved structure fire. A defensive firefighting operation was launched to attack it from all sides.

Precautions were taken because of a large diesel tank and several propane tanks on the site. There were also large tree-trimming trucks and other equipment inside the building.

Ladder 1, Quint 1, Engine 12, Quint 17, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Squad 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 3 (Green Shift), CFD Supply, HCEMS, CPD and EPB responded. Chattanooga-Hamilton County’s Support Services Unit provided emergency incident rehabilitation for firefighters.

There were no injuries. The scope of the operation was vast in an effort to stop the spread of the flames.

By 5:15 AM, the fire was out and crews were doing overhaul. They spent more than four hours on the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mutual Aid assisted with coverage at several of our fire halls as crews fought the fire. We appreciate the support from our neighboring fire departments.

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