Mission Ready: An Evaluation of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Program [open pdf - 1MB]
This paper is a product of the United States Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program. "This Research evaluated the Virginia Beach Fire Department disaster preparedness program to assess goal achievement. Using questionnaires, improvements to individual, station and departmental preparedness were assessed, while simultaneously identifying if perceptions were impacted by demographics, while also identifying potential program improvements. The findings indicated the majority of the respondents believed individual and organizational preparedness had been improved, but site preparation remained in need of improvement. The findings were not impacted by demographic factors, and recommended improvements included a modified training program based on department-specific needs and an expanded program of disaster exercises."
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