The general goal of any fire prevention organization is to prevent the loss of life and property damage due to fire.
The fire service does many things by themselves. Community Risk Reduction should not be one of them. The first word, “Community”, should let us know this. Without Community Risk Reduction Partnerships, our greatest efforts in Community Risk Reduction will fall short. There are many existing organizations that can and will push our CRR programs much farther than if we attempt to do them on our own. Brent Faulkner, MBIntel.net
The way forward for firefighters.
- Dress professionally in a uniform that clearly identifies you with your department.
- Ensure a full supply of resources and handouts are available.
- Work only in teams, of at least two people.
- Remember the primary goal of the CRR “mission” is to eliminate hazards to life and property. Be able to clearly articulate this to your community.
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The Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Community Risk Reduction, provides direction for fire departments to design and implement the community risk reduction plan. A key component for effective risk reduction is face-to-face interaction with community members. This can be achieved through public events, fire station visits, and, most effectively, home visits. Community risk reduction programs, and fire crews involvement in them, produces three distinct benefits.
Supports other programs.
smoke alarm installation
CO detection and alarm installation
radon dangers and awareness
residential fire sprinklers
fire escape planning
senior citizen risks and fall prevention
Fire safety for children
Continuity of CRR programs.
Effective community risk reduction is an endless cycle of planning, implementation, and evaluation. Home visits and discussion with community members and groups can provide feedback on current programs, and data for future community needs. As these programs gain traction and their effectiveness is tracked and demonstrated, community support for the department and CRR will be enhanced.