Community Risk Reduction (CRR), a topic many Fire & Emergency Services organizations throw around from time to time without a clear and concise idea of where to begin. This topic has hit emergency services all over the country within the last few years and tends to be a conversation starter within every municipality, city, township, business, etc.; however, always seems to fall to the wayside when teams dive into the “what” of CRR.
The American Fire Service has been and continues to face several challenges in many different aspects and layers. Historical data has shown that program managers, fire chief’s, municipal leaders, city administrators, mayors and elected board members have conversed on Community Risk Reduction programs/efforts but fail to follow through with program design/initiatives due to the lack of research and planning.
Trending analysis shows a huge gap across the country when it comes to staffing, budgets, apparatus assets, mission readiness and internal/external support for Fire & Emergency Services. We keep finding large gaps through various studies which imply the largest gap for CRR planning is the manhours needed to solidify solid risk reduction measures.
If you have been thinking about CRR for your community, municipality and/or organization, there are some basic questions you can ask yourself to get started:
C – What problems does our community struggle with and how we can help?
R – What resources do we have and what can we offer?
R – What risks do we have that affect emergency responses?
Battalion1Consultants will continue to specify the CRR process as times goes on inside this BLOG, providing you key information to set yourselves up to answer the tough questions. Please let us know how we can assist if you with the CRR process.
~ Jeremy Rebok, CFO ~