Every U.S. fire department needs to fill out the 2015 U.S. Needs Assessment survey, and here’s why:
The U.S. Needs Assessment survey asks fire departments where you’re meeting the needs of your communities and where there are gaps in the service you provide. The U.S. Congress and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) rely on that feedback to help determine where the nation’s fire service funding should be allocated. This presents a unique, powerful opportunity to show where you need help, and to get the support you need.
The survey can also be used to compare your fire department’s resources to those of others with comparable demographics and populations. This can be extremely helpful when showing local legislators and officials where you’re meeting your community’s needs, and where you may be lagging behind.
But the survey is only as good as the data provided by fire departments. Simply put, the higher the participation rate, the better and more accurate a picture the survey will paint about the true challenges the nation’s fire service is facing today – and will likely face in the years ahead.
So make sure to fill out the 2015 Needs Assessment survey as soon as you can! It’s available online for the first time, making it easier than ever to fill out and return. The fire chief of each fire department (or an assigned designee) is asked to fill it out. We’ve also mailed out a print version (as we’ve done for the previous three surveys).