NFPA has produced a white paper, Community Risk Reduction: Doing More with More, aimed at helping fire service leaders gain management support for launching a Community Risk Reduction program in their departments.
The white paper was written by members of NFPA’s Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force, which comprises representatives of large, urban fire departments whose work assists urban fire departments across the globe to implement strategic Community Risk Reduction programs. The white paper, the most recent task force project, was written by Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, Philadelphia Fire Department; Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, St. Louis Fire Department; Education Specialist Dana Catts, Seattle Fire Department; and Liaison Officer David Sawyer, Columbus Division of Fire.
Community Risk Reduction is defined in NFPA 1035, Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional Qualifications, as “programs, actions, and services used by a community, which prevent or mitigate the loss of life, property, and resources associated with life safety, fire, and other disasters within a community.” Through a historical overview, case studies of successful programs, an outline of the benefits of a Community Risk Reduction program, recommendations and a call to action, the white paper seeks to provide tools to fire service leaders that will help get a Community Risk Reduction plan endorsed by top fire department management and implemented in their area.
With the fire services increasingly responding to new and emerging hazards, it is essential for fire departments to look at ways to proactively engage residents and mitigate risk in their communities.