USFA Offers New Risk, Hazard, and Value Evaluation Program for Local Officials

Washington, D.C. – Through a cooperative agreement with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the United States Fire Administration (USFA) has recently released the Risk, Hazard and Value Evaluation (RHAVE) program. RHAVE is a software-based program used by local public policy makers who choose to collect useful information and data regarding the identification and assessment of fire and related risks within their community.

Information collected through the use of RHAVE model may then be used by community leaders when developing objective, quantifiable risk reduction policies such as the deployment of emergency service resources. The concept is a simple-to-use methodology combining forms, formulas, databases, and data analysis.

The program consists of a users guide, software on CD-ROM (Windows operating systems only) and accompanying installation instructions. The RHAVE process may be used in conjunction with the Self Assessment for Fire and Emergency Services Manual published by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) or the model may be used as a standalone tool. CFAI will provide a complementary copy to those fire agencies that have previously received the self-assessment manual. USFA will provide one copy of the RHAVE program to fire chiefs upon written request and must be on department letterhead.

To order, submit requests in writing to the USFA Publications Center, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or fax (301) 447-1213. For additional information visit the USFA Web site at

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