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Fire and Life Safety Priorities

The Smoke Alarm Problem

Vision 20/20 released The Smoke Alarm Problem (pdf), an in-depth analysis of smoke alarm and related research focusing on why smoke alarms may not be as widely used as previously thought. Using an extensive literature review and data gathered during a number of Vision 20/20 Assistance to Firefighter Grant-funded community risk reduction projects, the study sheds light on the problems the fire safety community faces in getting people to install and maintain enough smoke alarms to properly protect their families.

FLSS an advocate for 1st Vision 20/20 strategy:
Read the Vision 20/20 full report (pdf)

Reduce deaths from structure fires to zero and limit property damage from structure fires to the area of origin.

  • Promote and support community risk reduction through effective education and implementation of multiple layers of passive and active fire protection in all buildings, including.
  • Advocate for automatic fire sprinkler protection of all new occupied construction, including one-and two-family dwellings.
  • Advocate for the fire sprinkler retrofit of existing high-rises, institutional, and other high risk/high consequence occupancies.
  • Support efforts to educate the public on the benefits of the different layers of fire protection.
  • Support efforts to educate Building Code Officials on the benefits of layered fire protection, including sprinklers, other fire suppression systems and devices, fire alarm systems and fire resistant construction.
  • Educate the public on the benefits of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in residential occupancies.
  • Advocate for long lasting, tamper resistant smoke alarm protection to be provided in new residences to include interconnected smoke alarms on each level, smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area as well as in each bedroom.
  • Advocate use of new technologies, such as high-end heat limiting devices, to address the cooking fires, the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • Support research efforts that will yield scientific data that can be used to address fire safety concerns.Actively participate in model code development work in order to achieve the Section's fire safety goals and objectives.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of code development proposals developed by the FLSS.
  • Develop active partnerships with organizations that share the community safety mission.

Reduce firefighter fire ground deaths to zero.

  • Educate firefighters as to the benefits of an integrated all-risk strategy that includes fire and injury prevention, built-in protection and emergency response to reduce firefighter deaths.
  • Promote the involvement of fire suppression personnel in proven community risk reduction practices including such fire prevention efforts as inspections, public education, targeted home fire safety visits and legislative efforts.
  • Promote the involvement of fire suppression personnel in fire prevention efforts, including inspections, public education, and legislative efforts.
  • Advocate for automatic fire sprinkler protection of all new construction, including one-and two-family dwellings
  • Advocate for the fire sprinkler retrofit of existing high-rises, institutional and other high risk/high consequence occupancies without reducing existing fire protection below new construction criteria.
  • Advocate for the installation of cost effective building systems, processes and maintenance strategies in new and existing buildings that will reduce firefighter risk exposure during emergency operations.
  • Support efforts to inform firefighters as to realistic building performance and risk vs. return assessments during manual fire suppression operations.

Change the organizational culture within fire departments so that a greater priority is placed on fire prevention and life safety.

  • Promote the benefits of complete, accurate and specific fire incident reports that identify the community fire problem.
  • Promote the involvement of fire suppression personnel in fire prevention efforts, including inspections, public education, and legislative efforts that target the community fire problem.
  • Advocate for the development of technical data regarding the effectiveness of fire prevention and life safety programs.
  • Educate members of the fire service as to benefits of a fire prevention focused approach to risk mitigation.
  • Develop positive relationships with the National League of Cities, International City/County Managers Association, International Association of Firefighters and other organizations that can assist us in reaching mutual goals.
  • Participate in the development of a standard for fire prevention resource deployment.
  • Encourage fire prevention and life safety officials to participate in national certification programs.
  • Advocate for a fire departments to participate in nationally-recognized accreditation program for fire prevention bureaus.
  • Advocate for appropriate funding of the U.S Fire Administration, to include fire prevention and public education programs as well as fire prevention, management, and leadership training at the National Fire Academy.
  • Advocate for greater fire service participation in code development processes and representation on code development and technical committees.

Create an environment where the public is made aware of the fire problem and their role in fire prevention.

  • Fully support the USFA's Fire is Everyone's Fight™ initiative as part of a broad coalition to increase the public's understanding of key steps they can take to reduce their risk of a home fire.
  • Develop a coalition of diverse organizations that will participate in a program to respond in the immediate aftermath of a significant incident with media materials, taking advantage of the teachable moment following these tragedies.
  • Promote the development of local stakeholder groups, to identify and address fire safety in their respective communities.
  • Develop an on-line library of materials and resources that fire departments can use, free of charge, in reaching out to their jurisdiction emphasizing the role that the public has in fire prevention.
  • Develop monthly, nationwide campaigns focusing on different aspects of fire safety, life safety and fire prevention.
  • Market the community safety message.