NFPA has released a fire service needs assessment for each state based on findings from the Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service. The study looks at the current needs of America’s fire departments as compared to those identified in assessments done in 2001 and 2005.
The goal of the project was to identify major gaps in the needs of the U.S. fire service and to determine if the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (DHS/FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs are continuing to reduce the needs of fire departments
“The progress that has been made nationally by well-targeted grants is encouraging, but there is more work to be done to ensure fire departments across the country are sufficiently prepared to protect their communities,” says NFPA President Jim Shannon.
The reports look at personnel and their capabilities including:
- staffing, training, certification, and wellness/fitness
- facilities and apparatus
- personal protective equipment, fire prevention and code enforcement
- the ability to handle unusually challenging incidents
- communications and new technologies