TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Fire Department has worked very hard over the last year, and their hard work is paying off.
The state of Indiana recently honored the Terre Haute Fire Department.
They received the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Year award.
This is the first time the department has won an award of this kind.
"I'm very happy a statewide organization has recognized our hard work," said Norm Loudermilk, assistant fire chief.
In 2017, the department conducted more than 250 fire prevention programs in Vigo County schools and The Hamilton Center.
The department also saw no fatalities due to fires.
Josh Cottrell, a Terre Haute firefighter, says he's grateful for the recognition.
"I know how much time and effort we have all put into this. How much training we've gone through and how much we had to learn. Just the amount of time we spent going through all the communities and all the buildings just to make sure they're safer and I'm just glad they recognized our efforts," said Cottrell.
The department worked with Terre Haute city council over the past year. They were able to get their fire prevention ordinance passed for the city.
The ordinance was an updated version of the 1962 ordinance.
This work, along with their duty in the community, helped them win the award.
Loudermilk says he's proud of all the work they have accomplished.
"We just have a really progressive division. I think the community should be very proud of what these guys do. They work very hard every day, so I can't be more proud. I'm happy to be a part of this division," said Loudermilk.
The department hopes to continue spreading awareness about fire prevention and fire safety.