NFPA hosts two-day fire data summit to strengthen and enhance the next edition of its “Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service” survey

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Feb 11, 2015

NFPA’s research team completed a two-day fire data summit last week to collaboratively develop plans and strategies for enhancing the upcoming “Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service” survey.

Stakeholders who attended the summit and are actively participating in this initiative include:

The next edition of the survey is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016, and represents the fourth edition of the document. The first was released in 2001 with great success, and was published by the U.S. Congress’ Joint Council on Foreign Relations.

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The “Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service” survey is distributed to all U.S. fire departments, and works to capture a wealth of data. Widespread participation from the fire service helps accurately identify the needs and gaps of departments nationwide, and ultimately serves as a benchmark for making essential changes and improvements.

“I’m incredibly excited about the direction the needs assessment survey is taking,” said Lori Moore-Merrell, IAFF’s assistant to the general president. “We’re working toward a real transformation from what the data offers right now, and expanding it to be a powerful tool that more robustly and actively supports the fire service, along with related NFPA standards.”

As part of this week’s summit, the stakeholders discussed methods for improving survey distribution methods and response rates; capturing more data from fire departments; and generating sub-reports at the state and local level that fire departments can use to further their community goals and efforts.