America's Fire and Emergency Services Leader: Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report to Congress   [open pdf - 522KB]

"USFA [United States Fire Administration] is an integral part of DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and it will continue to support FEMA's commitment to all hazards emergency management. Building on the vision of the new FEMA to transform the agency into the Nation's preeminent emergency management and preparedness agency, USFA has developed a five-year Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2009-2013 with its focus and emphasis on the following performance goals: 1) reduce risk at the local level through prevention and mitigation; 2) improve local planning and preparedness; 3) improve the fire and emergency services' capability for response to and recovery from all hazards; 4) improve the fire and emergency services' professional status; and 5) lead the Nation's fire and emergency services by establishing and sustaining USFA as a dynamic organization. USFA will continue to review and revise its Strategic Plan, as necessary, to establish operational plans that best achieve the USFA goals, objectives, and strategies in support of public education and awareness initiatives, training, research, technology development, data collection and analysis, and partnering with other fire safety interests. In accordance with USFA's Strategic Plan 2009-2013, USFA's mission is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for local fire and emergency services for prevention, preparedness and response. This is accomplished in coordination with Federal agencies, and in partnership with fire protection and emergency services in communities nationwide."

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