02/01/11 121 W - + 2 - 4 Interesting Reading

Firegeezer contributor Glenn Gaines comments on the need for the American fire service to broaden its business portfolio, from being largely reactive to entirely proactive. He cites successes in Europe and all-hazards approaches in some countries. There's your heretical thought for the day, transforming U.S. firefighters into a risk reduction and prevention force.

Dave Statter finds this fascinating Boston Globe story about shift-swapping in Beantown. The story authors scrutinize all aspects (current and historical) of approval, tracking, and payback. And they find abuses.

Wall Street Journal story on the rise of vending machine theft, and ways operators are trying to curb theft. Such as wireless notification systems and the fingers in the pies such systems can catch.

Don’t we do the risk-reduction and prevention with Pub-Ed?
Duda (Email) - 02/02/11 - 09:31

Drop in the bucket. Or is it ocean?
Snort - 02/02/11 - 09:40

let’s face it, pub-ed for most departments is a joke, it’s an afterthought on the back burner of the budget. It is crucial, and it does yield results… but I regress….

I think we’re talking more of hazard and risk analysis and then mitigation tactics before an incident happens… kind of like taking inspections to another level all together.

But see here in the good ole’ U S of A we have these things called lobbyists… and they work for big $$$$ corporations… and well the fire service just isn’t that united, or well funded, for that matter to lobby effectively for the changes in things like building codes that could really aid to “reduce risk” or “prevent” incidents from occurring before they start.
shevais - 02/02/11 - 13:40

Public Education is only one component of Risk Reduction that centers around fire prevention. “Community Risk Reduction” is more holistic in that it takes a all-hazards approach at a community level. “America at Risk – America Burning Re-Commissioned” (USFA) initially explores this ideal and is what Chief Gaines is focusing upon. The NFPA also has the “Risk Watch” program that is an expansion of the ideal. As the USFA report elaborates upon – the local fire station is THE CLOSEST link citizens have to government, especially in a crisis, so why can’t we play a more proactive and focused role in “educating” them to be safer in other aspects of living (examples are: fall prevention, bike safety, water safety, injury prevention, and, yes… car seats). It is really not all about fire and EMS anymore…. See these links for more information: http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?cat.. and http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/pu..
A.C. Rich - 02/02/11 - 23:14

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