We held a meeting and press conference in Washington, D.C., to outline the salient points in this ground-breaking research.
U.S. Fire Administrator Kelvin Cochran and IAFC President Jeff Johnson joined me to witness the public release of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s fire fighter safety and deployment study, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
I would be remiss if I did not extend my appreciation to Lori Moore-Merrell, the IAFF’s Assistant to the General President for Technical Assistance and Information Resources. She did a phenomenal job to help pull this landmark report together, and I applaud her efforts.
One major conclusion in the study shows that four- and five-person crews complete the 22 essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a residential setting 30% faster than two-person crews and 25% faster than three-person crews.
The study is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work by NIST, the IAFF and others in the fire service and it is one phase of the larger Multiphase Study on Firefighter Safety and the Deployment of Resources.
The results from this rigorous scientific study on the most common and deadly fires in the country – those in single-family residences – provide quantitative data to fire chiefs and public officials responsible for determining safe staffing levels, station locations and appropriate funding for community and fire fighter safety.
This study comes at a crucial time for the fire service. Public officials considering resource cuts cannot ignore the results of this unbiased study.