IAFC Member Survey Results - Military Reserve Call-Up Effects on America’s Fire Departments
A survey was sent electronically to more than 8,500 members of the International
Association of Fire Chiefs on Wednesday, January 15, 2003, to assess the potential
impact of a military reserve or National Guard “Call-Up” to active duty and its effects on
the Fire Service, particularly in the U.S.
The survey was intentionally brief; only 3 questions. A private, third-party vendor hosted
both the web-based questionnaire and provided real time tabulation of results plus the
capture of text responses to two of the three long response or “comment” questions on
The intent was not to obtain data for purely statistical purposes. The intent of the survey
was to obtain the most accurate picture possible of whether or not the leaders of the fire
service felt that their departments might face any effect at all from a military “call up” –
and to try to assess to what degree the absence of fire and emergency response personnel
might be expected to impact departmental budgets, staff/coverage, or other issues.
Within the first 24 hours after launching the survey, more than 700 fire and emergency
services departments had responded. By the end of the third day, the survey had received
more than 1,200 individual responses including more than 725 detailed “verbatims.” The
final tally as of this summary was 1,271 total respondents or a 15.2% return rate with 861
A review of the numerical results on a question-by-question basis is provided below.