Fire Fighter Safety and Deployment of Resources Toolkit

Use this toolkit to highlight some of the major findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study for decision-makers and equip your department with the antidote to partisan politics: hard facts.


Take advantage of the talking points and sample press releases to communicate with your local media about the importance of fire fighter staffing.

Advocacy Tools

Check out the Advocacy Tools section, designed to help affiliate leaders fighting potential layoffs, station closures or brownouts.

Fact Sheets

Arm yourself with all of the information you need to bring your case in front of those making the decisions.

Field Experiments

The NIST study examined three different scenarios – high-rise firegrounds, residential firegrounds and EMS responses – and it provides indisputable empirical evidence that demonstrates what fire fighters already know through their real-world experiences, especially as budgets and even entire departments are slashed: Crew size matters, both in keeping citizens and property safe and in the safety of the first responders called to the scene.