National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention The Institution of Fire by dominic.cecilia


									Update on Vision 20/20
              Jim Crawford
           Project Manager
               The Impetus

• Previous national plans for fire protection have
  had a great deal in common.
   – President Truman's 1947 Report on Fire
   – America Burning, first completed in 1973
   – Wingspread
   – Solutions 2000
• All had a common theme for increasing efforts in
  fire prevention as a key component to the fire
  safety problem in the United States.
              What next?

How would you conduct a national strategic
plan for fire prevention efforts in the United
An Executive Working Committee provides

   Project Manager: Jim Crawford
  Vancouver Fire Department, Retired
      IFE Treasurer: Bill Kehoe
    Staff Coordinator: Peg Carson
        Carson Associates, Inc.
Communications Manager: Ed Comeau
           A Steering Committee Provides Guidance
Meri-K Appy, Safe Kids                       Ben May
Laura Baker, IWomen                          Patricia Mieszala, NFPA Education
Johnny Brewington, International                 Section
   Association of Black Professional Fire    Ozzie Mirkhah
                                             Alan Perdue, International Association of
Sarah Lee, National Volunteer Fire               Fire Chiefs
                                             Wayne Powell
Ron Farr, National Association of State
   Fire Marshals                             Steven Sawyer, International Fire
                                                 Marshals Association
Sean DeCrane, International Association
   of Fire Fighters                          Ronald Siarnicki, National Fallen
                                                 Firefighters Foundation
Shane Diekman, Centers for Disease
   Control                                   Phil Schaenman
Gary Keith, National Fire Protection         Jim Tidwell
   Association                               Paul Valentine, International Fire Service
Michael Love                                     Training Association
Daniel Madrzykowski, National Institute of   Sara Yerkes, International Code Council
   Standards and Technology                  Michael Crowley, Society of Fire
Paul Maldonado, National Association of          Protection Engineers
   Hispanic Firefighters
            Identify Gaps
            Create Action
Web Forum
• Conducted simultaneously in 13 locations
• Involved over 500 grass-roots practitioners
• Determined top priorities for immediate
• Contributed action steps
            The National Forum
• March 31 – April 1 2008 in Washington DC
• 150 representatives of national organizations
  and agencies
• Additional 20 representatives of grass-roots
  efforts in the US (special guests from England, and Australia)
• Tasks:
       • Validate the 5 top priorities for reducing fire loss
       • Define action steps for achieving each
       • To the extent possible identify responsible parties
         and measures
The Report
  Strategy 1: Increase Prevention Advocacy

• Document and communicate the magnitude of the nation’s fire
  problem and the benefit of prevention activities to decision makers
• Improve and support data collection systems
• Develop a current national fire prevention research agenda
• Advocate for increased focus and leadership of the US Fire
• Develop a clearinghouse for prevention activities, resources, and
  best practices
• Increase awareness of the economic impact of fire loss

Facilitating Individuals/Organizations: Alan Perdue, IAFC Fire and Life
  Safety Section, Peg Carson
          Increase Prevention Advocacy

• Current Status/Activity
  – Advocacy Tools Produced
     •   Impact Videos
     •   Downloadable Resources
     •   Online at
     •   USB available at IAFC/FLSS booth
  – Task Group continuing work
Strategy 2: Conduct a National Fire Safety
  Education/Social Marketing Campaign
• Establish a strong, comprehensive, broad-based integrated
  marketing communication campaign
• National unifying theme (only you can prevent…..)
• Develop and implement a national campaign to install working
  smoke alarms in high-risk homes
• Advocate for fire prevention programs that focus on voluntary home
• Enhance and develop strategic relations for fire prevention involving
  nontraditional partners

Facilitating Individuals/Organizations: Jim Crawford, Meri-K. Appy, Safe Kids,
   Dr. Shane Diekman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Paul
   Schwartzman, Pam Powell
      Conduct a National Fire Safety
   Education/Social Marketing Campaign

• Current Status/Activity
  – Firehouse Expo 2010 in July in Baltimore
  – Collaboration desirable; report available at
  – Production of market research
        – Subject Matter Expert task group
        – Salter/Mitchell
  – Preliminary Findings
    Conduct a National Fire Safety
 Education/Social Marketing Campaign

– People aware fire safety is their responsibility
– Many think they are already doing enough
– CDC Framing Guide: Live Life to Full
– Sense of belonging (fires are everyone’s fight)
   • National Fire Safety Theme
   • Working Smoke Alarms
   • Kitchen Fire Safety
        Strategy 3: Prevention Culture

• Embed the value of fire prevention within the fire service
• Enhance recruitment, training and education practices in
  fire departments
• Recognize and reward successful fire prevention
  activities internally and externally

Facilitating Individuals/Organizations: Bill Kehoe, Institution
  of Fire Engineers, US Branch, Victor Stagnaro, National
  Fallen Firefighters Foundation
             Prevention Culture

• Current Status/Activity
  – Conducted a national survey
  – Coordinate with National Fallen Firefighters
    Prevention Initiatives – Public Education as a
    Critical Fire and Life Safety Program (Grant
  – Washington State Fire Marshals Pilot Project
    modeled after UK and Australia programs
              Prevention Culture
• IFE 2009 Grant activity
  – Philadelphia, Madison WI, Belchertown and
    Amherst MA; Lexington KY, other small depts
• CDC interest in Community Risk
  – Follow up with WSAFM location
     • Dallas TX, Portland OR, Vancouver WA,
       Wilmington NC, Tucson AZ
             Prevention Culture
• National lessons learned symposium
  – National webinar on lessons learned
  – CRR Impact Video (
  – CRR training materials available (NFFF, IFE,
    CDC –
  – Continue task group activities
    • Long term advocacy and evaluation
             Prevention Culture

• IFE 2010 Grant activity
  – Cleveland OH, Washington DC, Alexandria
    VA, Palm Beach County FL, Rosemount MN
• Potential for many more partners:
  – Champaign IL; College Station, TX; SBM Fire,
    MN; Casa Grande, AZ; Chelsea, MA
  – CDC SAIFE Programs
    Strategy 4: Prevention Technology

• Actively explore ways to identify and utilize the latest
  technology to push the education and code message
• Develop complete strategies for introducing new fire and
  burn prevention technologies to consumers

Facilitating Individuals/Organizations: Dan Madrzykowski,
  National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building
  and Fire Research Laboratory, Mike Love, Montgomery
  County MD retired
              Prevention Technology

• Current Status/Activity
  – NIST conducted symposium on kitchen suppression
  – NIST/Vision 20/20 conducted second symposium on
    technologies that would prevent kitchen stovetop fires
      • Research needed to remove barriers for new
      • Report Distribution
            Prevention Technology

• Second workshop conducted by NFPA
  Research Foundation (NIST funded)
    • NIST, UL; CPSC, AHAM, Pioneering Technology,
  – Field results, next steps toward removing
    barriers, national standards:
    • Report pending
      Strategy 5: Codes and Standards

• Develop a collaborative environment
• Increase required training in building and fire codes at all
  levels and ranks within the fire service
• Promote fire codes within sustainable structures and
  “green buildings”
• Establish accountability for the adoption and
  enforcement of fire and building codes

Individuals/Organizations: Sean DeCrane, International
   Association of Fire Fighters, Dan Uthe, Tucson AZ
   retired, Jim Tidwell
             Codes and Standards

• Current Status/Activity
  – Task Group meeting conducted in Northbrook
    IL at UL Headquarters
  – Recommend continuation of ad-hoc Codes
    and Standards Advocacy Task Group
     • Education prirority
     • Focus advocacy
     • Serve as “mentor” (e.g. SCORE model)
            Additional Activities

• Model Performance in Prevention
  – Refinement of Model Performance Measures for fire
    prevention programs
  – Refine criteria for what constitutes a model prevention
  – Pursue establishment of a “clearinghouse” for model
    prevention programs (redundancy)
  – Conducted National Model Prevention Program
    Symposium in Baltimore, June 28 and 29, 2010
   Model Performance in Prevention continued

• Cooperative Agreement with AFG on
  model measures
  – Task group (ICMA, CPSE, ISO, NFA, USFA,
    Urban Institute, SME’s)
  – Deliver 5 webinars on model measures, plus
    10 field deliveries across the nation
  – Pilot delivery in Portland, OR August 2, 2011
  – Train the trainer approach
   Model Performance in Prevention continued

• Conduct another symposium on Model
  Performance in Prevention
  – March of 2011 in DC Area
  – Open attendance
• National Clearinghouse Recommendation:
  – USFA; NFFF, Vision 20/20 Web site
• Vision 20/20 is a platform for collaborative
• Vision 20/20 is an ad-hoc coordinating
• Long term – seeking structure that will
  continue strategic planning and
  collaboration where possible.
Vision 20/20 is you…..

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