To All U.S. Fire Departments: NFPA launched the 2020 U.S. Needs Assessment Survey – Please Fill It Out!

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Sep 15, 2020


NFPA today announced the official launch of its 2020 U.S. Needs Assessment survey, the fifth distributed since 2001. The survey works to capture the level of resources and staffing among U.S. fire departments, and to identify where fire departments are meeting the needs of their communities and where there are gaps in resources.


To maximize the survey’s impact, NFPA worked with representatives from the nation’s leading fire service organizations, including the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), to collectively identify what questions need to be asked in the survey, ensuring that it accurately quantifies the needs of fire departments throughout the United States. Areas of focus include PPE, apparatus and equipment, training, health and wellness, and cancer prevention, among other timely topics impacting the fire service. 


The feedback provided from the survey is critical, as it helps better inform decision-makers where fire departments need support in order to adequately meet the needs of their communities. The survey findings also aid the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Congress to identify gaps within the nation’s fire service and appropriately allocate funding. That’s why participation from all fire departments is critical to its success and impact, so please make sure to fill it out!


The survey is now accessible online, making it easier for fire departments to fill out and return. (A print version is being mailed out as well.) The survey must be completed by a fire department chief or an assigned designee and returned to NFPA by January 1, 2021. An FAQ is also available to answer commonly asked questions about completing and returning the survey.


Anyone who has questions or concerns can also contact NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research division:


Toll free:  1-800-343-8890

Fax: 1-617-984-7478