Every year, fires cost business owners billions of dollars—a fact brought home by the 2016 Gatlinburg Fires. That number doesn’t even begin to measure the impact fires have on the business itself and the families of employees who are injured or killed by the blaze.


Seeing such high commercial fire occurrence numbers, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Knoxville wants to prioritize public fire safety education more than it has done in the past.

“Well trained people are your best defense in a fire,” Amanda Gray, 2018 BOMA of Greater Knoxville President stated, “That’s why we wanted to offer this training.”


In conjunction with the City of Knoxville Fire Department, BOMA of Greater Knoxville is hosting a fire prevention seminar on May 17th, 2018 at Merelli’s Italian Cuisine with a focus on Fire Extinguishers and their use.  This luncheon will include hands-on fire extinguisher training for adults.


Jason Bourgoyne, Knoxville Convention Center Management Director of Operations, strongly encourages attending after experiencing it himself; “The first time I had KFD [Knoxville Fire Department] teach my staff the proper way to use a fire extinguisher, I was amazed by the amount of employees who never picked one up before, much less used one.”


Attendance is free with lunch available for $20. For more information on this training and to make a reservation, please visit www.bomaknoxville.org/upcoming-events.