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Community Risk Reduction

Fire departments are primary advocates for community risk reduction (CRR). While fire prevention, inspections and public education remain integral parts of fire department activities, the CRR concept takes a more holistic approach to improving civilian and firefighter safety. Following are just a handful of programs that can be associated with CRR: smoke alarm installation, fall prevention, water safety, community paramedicine, emergency preparedness. The FireRescue1 CRR resource page details how departments are integrating CRR into their daily operations, news about successful programs, and simple how-to tools to share with the community.

Sometimes we simply need to be real and lead with a heightened focus on our mission
82% of U.S. fire departments are all or mostly volunteer and, often, their funding depends on people stepping up to help
Officials press the use of smoke detectors after one person is dead and others are injured in a Springfield fire
Fort Worth officials declared the silos “substandard and hazardous” in 2016
Transparent communication between city managers and fire chiefs is essential for building a strong partnership and ensuring the city’s overall wellbeing
Connect with RAs to help share kitchen safety tips, provide fire extinguisher training, and underscore proper use of small appliances
Half of all home fires involve cooking, and cooking fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries
Use data to focus your cooking safety messaging on the issues and areas that need it most
The department’s approach to campaigns underscores the importance of thorough research, inclusivity, collaboration and innovation
The fire service must walk the walk in our support of residential sprinklers
Emphasize life safety by ensuring all residents have working smoke detectors – a 50-year-old technology recommended by the “America Burning” report
The Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) department will send civilian responders to calls that do not warrant a police or fire response
Leaders, we must stay focused the myriad issues impacting our membership, even those that can feel distant from day-to-day operations
Fire apparatus are powerful machines and must be operated responsibly and with “due regard” for the safety of the public
Over $250 million in funding available