For years, the fire service has provided neighborhood-based service delivery — placing resources where they are needed most, in the communities they serve. It’s all part of protecting and serving our communities, being where we need to be with the right people, training, and equipment to protect lives and property. In todays’ fiscal climate, it can be difficult to keep pace with changes in community demographics, fire hazards, and available funding. All too often, departments are faced with the choice of maintaining the status quo and meeting new challenges and hazards with limited resources.
What is Community Risk Reduction?
NFPA 1035¹ defines Community Risk Reduction (CRR) 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.” As such, an effective Community Risk Reduction program can reduce the risk from fire and other disasters; but more than that, CRR provides the information, tools, and resources needed to help create and sustain fire-resistant communities.
Every community is different – in size, in demographics, in building type and the risks it needs to address. As part of your department’s master planning process, or as a stand-alone program, ESCI has the expertise, along with advanced analytical technology and methodology, to help you develop a Community Risk Reduction program tailored to meet the needs of your community. Call us today to discuss your needs and program requirements.
¹ NFPA 1035, “Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional Qualifications”, National Fire Protection Association, Emmitsburg, MD, copyright 2017.