In his “First Word” column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, NFPA President Jim Pauley makes the case for why it is important that the fire service participate in NFPA’s U.S. Needs Assessment Survey.
The survey was recently mailed to fire departments in all 50 states. It asks general questions about departmental needs, resources, and capabilities, as well as more targeted questions on topics ranging from fitness and health programs to advanced technology applications. This is the fourth needs survey NFPA has conducted.
“This assessment is an extremely important data gathering effort that is used to identify gaps within the nation’s fire service,” Pauley wrote in his column. “By using proper analytics, we can provide a picture of improvements that have been made since the last survey and identify where gaps still exist. Once completed, that analysis becomes a key tool for Congress and the U.S. Fire Administration to use in allocating funding to fill the gaps. It also serves as a great benchmark for individual fire departments at the local or state level.”
In addition to snail mail, the survey is available online for the first time to make it easier for fire departments to provide their information.