FIRE: Survey Assesses Fire Departments’ Readiness For Handling Wildland Fires

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Excerpt #1 from the Wildland Fire section of the NFPA Needs Assessment.

A survey conducted by the NFPA asked fire departments of all sizes about their readiness and capability for suppressing wildland fires. This general topic was one of seven in the survey that was sent to more than 26,000 fire departments in the last year.

Excerpt #2 from the Wildland Fire section of the NFPA Needs Assessment.

From the NFPA:

“This Fifth Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey was conducted beginning in 2020 and concluding in 2021. It follows earlier surveys completed in 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2015. A total of 2,969 fire departments responded to the survey, with approximately 75 percent responding online and 25 percent filling out the paper version. Overall, the response rate was 11 percent, ranging from a 7 percent response from fire departments protecting populations of less than 2,500 to a 39 percent response from fire departments protecting populations of 500,000 or more. Additional state-level reporting was included in the previous Needs Assessment report. The NFPA will continue to work in the next months to produce these reports for select states.

This report shows that although some fire service requirements have declined, others have increased or remained the same. There are fire service requirements for all departments, regardless of size, and in every area. This includes staffing, certification and training, and apparatus. Also, health and wellness. In general, the smaller the community protected, the greater the need.”

Details:
Interactive survey results
Complete report
Wildland and Wildland Urban Interface section

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. View all posts by Bill Gabbert

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