The city of Clermont recently announces that Fire Marshal Jennifer Pierce received the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association 2019 Champion of Industry award. It seemed a fitting award for an employee of the Choice of Champions city and is the association’s highest award.
“Fire Marshal Pierce promotes fire safety in her community through fire department open houses and explaining how fire sprinkler work during Side by Side Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations,” says Lorrell Bush, executive director of the FFSA.
Jennifer was honored on April 8 during the 25th annual Buddy Dewar Golf & Skeet Tournament at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. She was the unanimous choice for the award from five nominations.
“Fire Marshal Pierce walked the halls of Tallahassee this legislative session to meet with state legislators on the importance of fire safety and protecting families and property,” Lorrell continued. “Recently, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition recognized Fire Marshal Pierce on a national level for installing fire sprinklers in her own home. She not only educates others on fire sprinklers but personally believes in the cause and shows that in all she does. Fire Marshal Pierce is certainly a Champion.”
Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop says Jennifer is a tremendous asset to the fire department’s team. “Jennifer is not only a powerhouse in the Fire Prevention Division, she also makes herself available to other areas of our department when needed, such as writing grants, car seat installations, assisting with interviews and managing the Fire Cadet Program,” Carle says.
With more than 15 years of experience in fire service, Jennifer serves as the education chair for the Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition. This group comes from a joint effort of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, and the Florida Professional Firefighters, and she is involved with all of them. Her other professional organization affiliations include International Association of Arson Investigators, the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the International Association of Fire Marshals.
Not only is Jennifer fire marshal, she oversees the daily operations of the Fire Prevention Division. In this capacity, she promotes and supports effective fire safety education, community risk reduction, and is an advocate for fire sprinkler protection.
She and her husband, who is a fire lieutenant, recently had their home retrofitted with fire sprinklers to reduce risk and protect their children and home. As an advocate, she travels the state educating people about life safety with in-home fire sprinklers.
Pierce’s dedication to the fire service does not go unnoticed; she provides great support to her peers and was instrumental in the Clermont Fire Department’s accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s Center for Public Safety Excellence.
The Clermont Fire Department became Lake County’s first department to earn the international accreditation in 2018. The coveted gold standard is only held by 179 civilian departments worldwide.