President Jim Shannon on the needs of the fire service

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 28, 2011

Jim Shannon From the July/August issue of NFPA Journal®

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01538f7ed4b1970b-pi In June, NFPA released the third needs assessment of the U.S. fire service, following up on previous needs assessments we completed and released in 2001 and 2005. After the terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda in 2001, there was, at all levels of government, a new focus on improving the capabilities of America’s emergency responders.

Needs Assessment report By the time of the attacks, NFPA had already undertaken the first needs assessment with funding from the U.S. Fire Administration. So the conclusions of that study were timely for policy makers looking for benchmarks for fire departments in the immediate wake of 9/11. Since then, the federal government has instituted the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to help departments meet some of their most pressing needs.

In recent years, significant progress has been made in several key areas. Much of the federal money has been used to help departments purchase personal protective and firefighting equipment. And there’s been an increased use of technology, including wider use of thermal imaging and greater Internet access by fire departments.

Read Jim's entire article in the online edition of NFPA Journal.