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Wildland/Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness CapabilitiesWildland-Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities
A first of its kind report, “Wildland-Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities,”  based on interviews with local fire departments in the U.S. wildland-urban interface (WUI), examines whether and how local fire departments change and adapt following a major fire event, and identifies critical factors that facilitate or constitute barriers to being better prepared and ready to control and mitigate a wildfire incident in their communities. According to the report, recommendations for safety improvements point to WUI firefighting equipment, firefighting training, the health and fitness of firefighters, and more. 

Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire ServiceFourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service
The WUI Fire Department Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities Final Report served as a basis for questions asked in NFPA’s Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service report related to wildfire preparedness and safety. The Fourth Needs Assessment was published in November 2016 and shows that while some fire service needs have been declining, many have remained constant or increased. Fire service needs are extensive for departments of all sizes and in every area, including staffing, training, facilities, apparatus, personal protective equipment (PPE); and health and wellness. Overall, the smaller the community protected, the greater the need. 




Winner of the 2016 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal
Research Foundation report: Pathways for Building Fire Spread at the Wildland Urban Interface

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