October 1, 2014 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify a community risk profile and allocate resources to minimize risks. The standard, which was requested by the Vision 20/20 project, is expected to be done in the next two years.
There is a growing interest in Community Risk Reduction in the U.S. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) strategic planning platform now recognizes the need for the fire service to embrace an integrated approach to community risk reduction. The concept is part of the National Fire Academy curriculum and is supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers and a growing number of fire service leaders nationwide.
Other NFPA standards make reference to Community Risk Reduction and one standard requires the fire prevention organization perform a Community Risk Reduction plan (see draft NFPA 1730, Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public).
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