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Issue 3 and Volume 156.

FEMA/USFA study identifies service gaps in nation’s fire departments “Many of the nation’s fire departments do not have enough fire stations to achieve widely recognized response-time guidelines and lack key equipment, prevention programs, and a wide range of training,” states the “Needs Assessment Study of the U.S. Fire Service.” The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conducted the study for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/United States Fire Administration (USFA). The study also found the following: About one-third of firefighters per shift do not have self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Most fire departments do not have the resources to handle unusually challenging incidents that involve local specialized resources. Most departments do not have written agreements for the use of nonlocal response resources. Fire departments generally do not have enough portable radios for around half the emergency responders on a shift. And most of the radios are not water resistant and lack intrinsic…

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