TN ranks among top 10 areas with highest fire death rates in US

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(WBIR-Nashville) A report out of Nashville released Wednesday says that Tennessee remains among top 10 areas with the highest fire death rates nationwide.

The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations studied how fire service is funded in rural and suburban areas. TACIR also looked at whether services were through paid or volunteer fire departments, and it determined the effect local governments face when they don't have fully funded fire departments.

Fire departments have different types of funding based mainly on whether they're city, county, or private corporations. Most fire services are funded through taxes or other fees. Counties may also establish fire tax districts where some portion of the property tax is earmarked for fire service.

Rural areas are at the highest risk of fire deaths, especially in areas with high poverty rates, low education, income, and housing levels. Click here to view the full TACIR's report.

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