As emergency providers we are viewed as a trusted and valuable source of information particularly when it comes to protecting the public. Through the years the America Fire Service has recognized the need to build and maintain effective emergency response capabilities. The new norm for the fire service has many common similarities with financial restraints that affect staffing levels, response times, equipment needs, growing pressures from political groups, and various demographic considerations, yet the expectations to provide a high quality service are still present. While response readiness is absolutely necessary, it is no longer viewed as sufficient. Many fire organizations have continued to be reactive in today’s emergency response requests. They may understand how to mitigate a call of service, but with the expectations of our customers, it is now time for these fire service organizations to become even more proactive in community needs. This has been demonstrated not only by individuals but by organizations, communities, and even countries, as they have recognized, citizens are demanding more.
While many natural hazards can be anticipated or even expected, could many of the injuries, deaths and destruction be eliminated? The awareness of our own areas as well as lessons learned from other areas should bring increased value in Community Risk Reduction Programs (CRRP). CRRP are not a new concept for the fire service by any means, but for some reason many agencies are rarely using them to their fullest capacity.
The intent of this ARP is to solve the many challenges associated with why a Community Reduction Program is needed in the Show Low Fire District. The problem is that the Show Low District does not have an effective Community Risk Reduction Plan. The purpose of this research is to help create an effective Community Risk Reduction Plan for the Show Low Fire District. This research will be conducted through the Action Research method. The research questions that will be answered are:
1) On what current, if any, Community Risk Reduction Programs does the Show Low Fire District focus?
2) What are the internal perspective and goals of Show Low Fire District's residential smoke detector program?
3) What are identified Community Risk Reduction needs in the Show Low Fire District?
4) How does the Show Low Fire District initiate a Community Risk Reduction Program into daily operations?
Background and Significance
The Show Low Fire District has a population of 10,660 residents according to the 2010 Census and is a major commercial and tourism hub of southern Navajo and Apache counties. It is the heart of the region’s commerce with a population of 80,649 within a fifty-mile radius and 146,885 within a seventy-five-mile radius. Show Low has a community college hub, local, state and county government buildings, the only regional medical center, urban shopping, a regional airport (with Great Lakes providing...