Deployment Model and Firefighter Safety Grant Awarded

The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) announced that its supporting not-for-profit organization, CFAI-Risk, Inc., has received a grant, awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Grant Programs Directorate’s (GPD/FEMA of DHS) FY 08 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, to publish the results of field experimentation and data collection conducted in recently completed phases of the Deployment and Firefighter Safety Model project. The grant, in the amount of $803,711, will fund development and distribution of training programs and material in print, video, and other medium to expand the emergency service industry, and related parties, body of knowledge related to key predictive community hazard and risk factors, critical tasking, time-to-task data, and empirical evidence of the impact of resources to changing outcomes, for both fire and advanced life support situations. Scientific data will be released substantiating the long known relationship between hazards and risks, resource level deployments, and results measured by civilian death and injury, firefighter death and injury, and economic losses.

Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman, President of both CFAI-Risk and CPSE, shared his pleasure with the announcement and stated, “This grant will advance the knowledge of decision makers when considering risk and deployment issues, and will place us and our partners in position to move forward with the next steps in the overall project which are to research and develop a predictive model from the science gathered to date, and then produce a usable tool for communities and local fire chiefs to assess and model their risk and resource decisions.”

With civilian and firefighter safety as an outcome, it is an industry priority to have access to accurate, defensible, and scientifically valid data that link resource deployment to risk levels. Therefore, one of the greatest needs of fire chiefs today, is to have a tool that will assist them in modeling risks, options for resource deployment both equipment and personnel, and communicate the expected outcomes of the options proposed. With this need in mind, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has funded a research study called the Multi-phase Study on Firefighter Safety and the Deployment of Resources. The studies main objective is to of optimize a fire service leader’s capability to deploy resources to prevent or mitigate adverse events that occur in a risk/hazard filled environment, based upon science rather than supposition. As noted, the study is funded through a multi-year grant awarded by the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and administered by a not-for-profit organization known as CFAI-Risk. CFAI-Risk’s partners in the project are the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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