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Fire service needs are extensive for fire departments of all sizes and in every area, including staffing, training, facilities, apparatus, personal protective equipment (PPE); and health and wellness. Overall, the smaller the community protected, the greater the need. These findings are the results of our latest "U.S. Needs Assessment Survey of the U.S. Fire Service," which was officially released today.

 

Key findings from the report include the following statistics:

  • Forty-nine percent of all fire departments have not formally trained all of their personnel involved in structural firefighting, up from 46 percent in 2010. 
  • Sixty-nine percent of departments reported that some of their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment is at least 10 years old, up from 55 percent in 2010.
  • More than two-thirds (72 percent) of departments reported that some of their PPE clothing is at lest 10 years old, up from 63 percent in 2010.
  • Two out of five fire stations (43 percent) are at least 40 years old, up from 32 percent in 2001, when the initial needs assessment survey was conducted.
  • Forty-three percent of all fire department engines and pumpers are at least 15 years old, down from 51 percent in 2001.
  • Only one quarter (27 percent) of fire departments have a basic firefighter fitness and health program, slightly down from 30 percent in 2010.

 

In September 2015, the Needs Assessment survey was sent out to all U.S. fire departments.The intent of the survey was to capture the level of fire department resources and staffing, determine where fire departments have the resources to meet the needs of their communities, and identify gaps.

 

The full "Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service" report is now available online.

NFPA instructor Mark Hilbert will be teaching two electrical classes at NFPA Headquarters the week of November 14. The 3-day NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday and the 2-day NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015) is scheduled for Thursday through Friday. NFPA Headquarters is located at 1 Batterymarch Park in Quincy, Massachusetts - south of Boston. Classes begin each day at 8:00 am. - registration is available online or calling 1-800-344.3555. Earn end-of-year CEUs and receive the Codebook with each class.

 

NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials 

Fully updated for consistency with the 2017 edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®, the dynamic NEC Essentials Classroom Training features three days of high-impact instruction that helps you ensure safe and compliant electrical installation and design in your work setting. Advance your ability to locate, interpret, and apply requirements in the ever-evolving NEC.

 

NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015)

This dynamic, expert-led course uses activities, exercises, videos, job aids, and templates to provide you with the right tools to help set up and follow an electrical safety program, as well as help document safety procedures for compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Whether you're an employer responsible for personnel safety or an employee tasked with identifying and addressing electrical hazards, NFPA 70E training is vital.

 

NFPA codes and standards training is available through online training, classroom training, hands-on training, workshops,  customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. nfpa.org/training

Nearly 75 firefighters, officers, fire marshals, arson investigators and training directors who gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina at the NFPA Responder Forum this week painted a picture of the innovative firefighter. What other characteristics do you think are essential for members of the fire service to embrace smart technology and data-driven decision-making? 

 

First responders and fire officers from 30 states, Canada and the UK joined industry thought leaders and NFPA staff for a second day of discussions regarding the importance of data for the fire service.  Representatives from thirteen fire organizations were asked by NFPA's Chris Dubay, "How are you going to make a difference?"

 

Attendees heard a presentation from retired Chief Johnson of FirstNet about the broadband network that will fulfill a fundamental need of the public safety community and bring 21st century tools to tens of thousands of organizations and individuals that respond to emergencies. The NFPA Data Team then explained how the organization has invested in infrastructure, resources and staff to help local fire departments and the fire service, overall, to tell their story. Attendees learned about NFPA's Data Analytics Sandbox and efforts to combine existing resources, new data sources and first responder engagement so that the fire service can improve reporting, efficiencies, communications, incident command, and operations. Throughout the day there was an emphasis on the collection, analysis and sharing of data. The program wrapped with breakout groups providing spirited perspective and feedback on potential data solutions and challenges that are on the horizon.

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