This week, NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, was released as a resource to help authorities determine what kind of emergencies are occurring in their communities, where they’re happening, and to whom.
NFPA 1300 provides guidance on conducting a community risk assessment (CRA), creating and implementing a Community Risk Reduction (CRR) plan, and establishing ongoing evaluation of that plan. The new standard also provides the framework for building a CRR team, fostering strategic partnerships, and applying data to conduct both a CRA and CRR activities.
CRR is defined a process that helps identify and prioritize all types of risks, and emphasizes the integrated and strategic investment of resources to reduce their occurrence and impact. While CRR is often understood and valued by fire departments, full implementation is frequently hindered by challenges. NFPA hosted a series of educational sessions and workshops at this week's C&E, which worked to help attendees address potential roadblocks, and to provide support and guidance as they develop and implement CRR strategies in their communities.
In addition, NFPA is developing a digital tool to help communities conduct a community risk assessment (CRA). In a dedicated effort to make this tool as effective as possible, NFPA is looking for 50 fire departments to participate in a pilot program where participants will be awarded access to the tool for one year free of charge in exchange for frequent feedback. The pilot will be deployed in two groups over the next 12 months.
For fire departments interested in participating in this pilot program, more information and applications can be found at www.nfpa.org/crr.
Above photo: Karen Berard-Reed, a public education program manager at NFPA, leading an interactive CRR workshop yesterday at C&E.