Preparedness Levels Study, Final Report   [open pdf - 374KB]

"Today, however, the country requires an enhanced and standardized preparedness level forecasting system that is proactive and can respond to emerging situation as well as disastrous and tragic fires along with critical resource shortages we now face along with future changes in fire policy and management. The Joint Fire Sciences Program funded Preparedness Levels Study Project sets the stage to address these challenges by creating a blueprint, the National Preparedness Level Business Model. [...] The National Preparedness Level Business Model serves as a reference and initiation point for the development of a future national preparedness level system. This system would be developed for use at the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), each of the Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACCs) and also designed for use at Sub-Geographic Area levels. Such a future preparedness planning process would anticipate future scenarios, thereby providing the opportunity to implement actions targeted at desirable future conditions and outcomes. The process would identify and lessen risks and better position fire management to accomplish more work in a reduced risk environment."

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