“Best Practices” in Fire Service-Based EMS
September 7, 2010 -- The Fire Service-Based EMS
Advocates Steering Committee has added a new feature to their
(www.fireserviceems.com). The steering committee will be
gathering descriptions of “Best Practices” in Fire Service-Based
EMS and posting them on their website for advocates and others
These articles will be posted as they are received and made
available for review as readers desire. This electronic format
for sharing current EMS information is sure to be of benefit to
all fire departments: large metropolitan, other fully career,
combination, and volunteer. Individuals interested in submitting
articles for consideration by the steering committee can do so
by sending them to Chief Dennis Compton, Co-Chairman of the Fire
Service-Based EMS Advocates Steering Committee at
article must be a maximum of 1,000 words and include a very
brief Bio introducing the author. The decision of the steering
committee concerning whether to post a particular article is
The steering committee is committed to sharing information about
fire service-based EMS inside and outside the fire service
community. Each submission will become eligible for recognition
by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) through
their annual Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Honors
Click here to read
the news release.
New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew
Size on Fire Fighting Operations
April 28, 2010 -- A landmark study released by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size
of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire
service's ability to protect lives and property in residential
Click here to read the news release.
Conducted by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting
and public safety communities, the study results found that
four-person fire fighting crews were able to complete 22
essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a typical
residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews
and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.
The report is the first to quantify the effects of crew sizes
and arrival times on the fire service's lifesaving and fire
This and other scientific data in the report will help educate
public officials, fire chiefs and other decision-makers on the
importance of adequate staffing and deployment with respect to
fire fighter and public safety.
Study investigators from NIST and the IAFF announced the results
of the study at a press conference at the Hilton Washington in
Washington, DC, before the start of the annual Congressional
Fire Services Institute meeting of top fire safety officials
from the across the nation.
Click here for the full
Read the May/June 2010
magazine story on crew size.
Watch a recent interview with Dr. Lori
Moore-Merrell, Assistant to the President of the IAFF,
discussing this important study. Dr. Moore was interviewed after
giving a presentation at the IAFC's Fire-Rescue Med conference.
Click here to watch the interview.
The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA)
Assistance to Firefighters grant program.
See also the study web site at
Read General President Harold Schaitberger's blog, "Fire
Fighter Staffing and Deployment Study Released"
Read the related report "Effect
of Deployment of Resources on Cardiovascular Strain on
For more information, contact Lori Moore-Merrell at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 824-1594.