Prevention & Education

Jason Turner
Division Chief Jason Turner began his career in the fire service as a junior firefighter with the Bismarck Fire Department, working under his father- Fire Chief Rodger Turner. After leaving Bismarck FD, he served with the Farmington Fire Department as a firefighter, Lieutenant, Training Officer and Asst. Chief.  Jefferson City Fire Department hired Turner in July of 1997 to oversee the Prevention and Inspection Division, which included his was appointment as the Public Education Officer.  Chief Turner has been an adjunct instructor for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training for over 20 years.  He has also served as a Board Member for the Firefighters Association of Missouri and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Association.  Chief Turner currently serves as a board member for the Missouri Fire Chief Association, a member of the NFPA, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs.

Chief Turner enjoys spending time on his Harley Davidson in his free time.  He has a son and a daughter. His son is also a firefighter.  
Chief Turner continues to work as the Division Chief of Prevention and is responsible for scheduling new business fire inspections, public information, public relation events, and purchasing/vendor relations.

Jason Turner

Facts about home heating fires

  • From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
  • Heating was the second leading cause of home fires following cooking.
  • Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
  • Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
  • Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.
  • Twenty-nine percent of the nonconfined home heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn.

Source: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2010-2012)


Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

Smoke Alarm Installation Event Overview

Campaign Purpose:

Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire in the United States. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. Damage from US home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies. For the past 20 years, these numbers have been relatively stagnant. By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross and our coalition partners will attack that stagnation. In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, we will save lives, reduce injuries, and cut down on needless losses. Our goal is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years, and we aim to achieve that goal by carrying out the activities listed below together with our partners.

If you need a fire alarm installed sign up through American Red Cross to schedule an appointment.


If you don’t know the real facts behind today’s home fire sprinklers, educate yourself today.

  • Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1.2 MILLION fires.
  • Over 3,200 civilians died in fires in the U.S. in 2013; 83% of those occurred in homes.**
  • Missouri ranks 11TH HIGHEST in the U.S. for annual fire deaths.*
  • Home fire sprinklers do not activate due to cigar smoke or burned toast.
  • Only the high temperatures of an actual fire will activate them.
  • Unlike shown in movies or television, home  fire  sprinklers  activate  one sprinkler  at  a  time,  limiting  water distribution to only the areas affected by an ongoing fire.
  • The cost to install in a new home averages  $1.35  per  sprinklered square foot – equivalent to a carpet upgrade or a whirlpool bath.
  • Home  fire  sprinklers  may  reduce your   homeowner’s   insurance premium. Most reputable insurance companies offer a discount for this safety feature.
  • Home  fire  sprinklers  are  eco- friendly.
  • They use 90% less water in effectively fighting a fire than a fire department typically does. They also reduce direct property damage by about 70%.
IF A FIRE OCCURS IN YOUR HOME, home fire sprinklers can reduce your chances of dying BY 80%.
*National Fire Protection Association data
**Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
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National Fire Safety Council-
Firepup® Fire Prevention Program

In 1979, National Fire Safety Council, Inc., became an independent nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to fire safety education, and in December of that year, NFSC was approved by the IRS and received a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exemption from the United States Treasury Department. Therefore, all contributions made to National Fire Safety Council, Inc., are federal tax deductible for income tax purposes as provided by the Internal Revenue Code.

The NFSC research team of creative educators develops fire safety materials for adults and children of all age levels. These include comprehensive 24-page graded manuals with a teacher’s guide, assorted folders, brochures, posters, wall charts, decals, stickers, and other types of materials as requested, with new materials being developed daily. The various topics covered by NFSC materials include: smoke alarms; home fire exit drills; arson; babysitting; heating safety; Stop, Drop, and Roll; friendly firefighters; holiday hazards; seat belt safety; bicycle safety; water safety; burn prevention; and more.

NFSC works with fire departments throughout the United States. The Council’s fire safety educational programs of materials and services are provided to communities exclusively through local fire departments. Nearly 150 pieces of informative materials and programs, created by an in-house staff of experienced educators, help millions of children and adults annually. Each department’s program cost is financially supported by local business leaders and the concerned citizens who recognize the need for action against loss by fire.

The Jefferson City Fire Department has been a partner with the National Fire Safety Council- Firepup Program for over 30 years.  During those 30 years the Jefferson City Fire Department has been able reach an estimated 300,000 citizens in Jefferson City and Central Missouri with NFSC prevention materials. Over the past 18 years it’s estimated our community has contributed over $150,000.00 to the Firepup Program.  In 2015 a record $10,201.25 was donated by caring individuals and businesses in our community. Without this partnership the Fire Department’s exceptional fire prevention and education program wouldn’t be possible.

If you would like additional information you can visit their website at or to contribute contact the Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6401 or by email,