Needs assessment

NFPA is conducting its 2015 U.S. Needs Assessment Survey
For the first time ever, the survey is available online, making it easy to fill out and return. We encourage every U.S. fire chief to fill out the survey to make it as impactful as possible. Read more about the survey.

NFPA reports find improvement but continued needs for the country's fire departments

NFPA has conducted a series of national surveys to identify the needs of the fire service for resources required to safely and effectively carry out their responsibilities. The surveys indicated the resources fire departments had, while NFPA codes and standards and other national guidance documents defined the requirements. The gaps between resources in hand and resources required defined the needs. 

These reports look at personnel and their capabilities, including staffing, training, certification, and wellness/fitness; facilities and apparatus; personal protective equipment; fire prevention and code enforcement; the ability to handle unusually challenging incidents; and communications and new technologies. See the reports in the sidebar on the right.

All three studies began with requests from Congress, and the first two studies were conducted with and sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration and its parent agencies.

State-by-state reports 

The following are state-level reports based on the findings in each of NFPA's needs assessment reports.

Alabama 
2004 2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Alaska  
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Arizona 
2004  2007 2011 
2011 fact sheet 

Arkansas  
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

California
2004  2007  2011 
2011 fact sheet   

Colorado
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Connecticut
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Delaware 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Florida 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Georgia 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Hawaii 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Idaho 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Illinois 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Indiana 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Iowa 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Kansas
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Kentucky 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Louisiana 
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Maine
2004  2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Maryland 
2004 2007 2011
2011 fact sheet 

Massachusetts 
2004 2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Michigan 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Minnesota 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Mississippi 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Missouri 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Montana 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Nebraska 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Nevada
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

New Hampshire
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

New Jersey 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

New Mexico 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

New York
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

North Carolina
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

North Dakota 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Ohio 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Oklahoma 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Oregon 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet

Pennsylvania 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Rhode Island 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

South Carolina 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

South Dakota
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Tennessee
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Texas
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Utah
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Vermont
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Virginia 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Washington
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

West Virginia
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Wisconsin 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 

Wyoming 
2004  2007  2011
2011 fact sheet 
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