This type of study will produce a Standards of Cover document that is fully compliant with industry best practices in the field of deployment analysis. The evaluation and analysis of data is based on nationally recognized guidelines and criteria, including recognized National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, Insurance Services Office (ISO) schedules, any federal and state mandates relative to emergency services, and generally accepted practices within emergency services. All methodology used in this Standard of Cover analysis of the department will follow the methodology described in the “Standards of Response Coverage, 5th Edition”, published by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).

The Center for Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) defines the process, known as “deployment analysis,” as written procedures which determine the distribution and concentration of fixed and mobile resources of an organization. The purpose for completing such a document is to assist the agency in ensuring a safe and effective response force for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and specialty response situations in addition to homeland security issues.

Creating an Integrated Risk Management Plan: Standards of Cover requires that a number of areas be researched, studied, and evaluated. The development of the Standards of Cover document will follow the format illustrated below.