In 2015, teaming up with representatives from the nation’s leading fire service organizations, NFPA conducted the Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service. This latest report follows three earlier surveys completed in 2001, 2005 and 2010.
Based on audience feedback from these past assessments, NFPA worked diligently to update the 2015 assessment, adding new questions to the survey, providing both an online and paper version for easier access, and other key changes.
The result is a comprehensive report that helps inform Congress and the U.S. Fire Administration where funding is needed across the U.S. Fire Service. It also serves as a powerful tool for local fire departments when discussing their capabilities within their jurisdictions. The report takes a look at both career and volunteer departments, structural and wildland-urban interface firefighting, and examines areas such as fire personnel and their capabilities, facilities and apparatus, personal protective equipment, community risk reduction, and much more.
While the 2015 Needs Assessment report shows that some fire service needs in these categories have been declining, many have remained constant or have increased. For a deeper dive into the report findings, we invite you to watch our full one-hour webinar here on Xchange.
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