Analysis of the Effectiveness of the City of Durham Fire Departments' Fire Prevention and Life Safety Public Education Programs [open pdf - 749KB]
"The problem is that the City of Durham does not currently utilize a method to evaluate the effectiveness of its fire prevention and public education programs. The purpose of this applied research project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the City of Durham Fire Departments' fire prevention and public education activities. The descriptive research method was used to answer the following research questions: 1) What is the demographic profile of residential fires that occurred in the City of Durham for 2010? 2) What was the residential fire prevention activity of the City of Durham Fire Department for 2010? 3) What is the correlation between residential fire incidents and the fire prevention activity for the City of Durham? and 4) Are the fire prevention activities conducted by the City of Durham Fire Department addressing the residential fire problem in Durham? A literature review was conducted, and personal interviews were developed and fire and life safety education (FLSE) personnel from various departments were contacted to gather data. Personal interviews with internal FLSE personnel were also conducted. Census Tract and fire incident data was gathered for Durham. Results of the research show that Durham's at risk populations do experience a higher rate of residential fires and that the department does evaluate its FLSE programs effectiveness. The recommendations made were to develop specific workload and effectiveness measures that would indicate the effectiveness of specific FLSE programs and to encourage personnel to provide accurate data as well as utilize Operations Division personnel during the FLSE program evaluation process."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/