Community Risk Reduction
U.S. Fire Administration - Community Risk Reduction
Fire departments are uniquely positioned to know their communities better than most other organizations. Firefighters and emergency medical services responders see firsthand, whether through medical calls, inspections or simply driving through the community, how people live and the needs they have.
A community risk reduction (CRR) program can help your department take what you already know and lower the risks within your area of operation. CRR uses a wide variety of tools to form a strategic and integrated program focused on reducing the occurrence and impact of local risks.
The “5 E’s” is one of the models used to help combat the fire and life safety problem. The 5 E’s are:Education makes the public aware of risks and how to mitigate them. Engineering provides an opportunity to work with local organizations and the government to promote new fire safety technologies in your community. Enforcement identifies potential risks and non-compliance in your local properties and teaches your community how fire safety codes protect them. Economic incentives can be useful to encourage individuals and businesses to make choices that reduce their risk. Emergency response protects your community and your firefighters by ensuring they have the equipment and training they need. This and more information used with permission can be found at: U.S. Fire Admin.