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 found under Resources to communicate with your local media about the importance of fire fighter staffing.

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

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

The NIST study examined three different scenarios (learn more in the Field Experiments section) – 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.

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