Study of the Effectiveness of Fire and Life Safety Programs in Guilford County, North Carolina [open pdf - 394KB]
"The problem was that the impact of fire and life safety education (FLSE) was unknown. This had the consequence of misappropriation of resources through ineffective programs. The purpose of this evaluative research was to determine the effectiveness of the FLSE. This research explored the number and type of FLSE programs, the number of accidental fires in residential structures, knowledge of fire victims to FLSE prior to their fire event, FLSE of fire victim since the event and the most likely location where a citizen may attend a FLSE event. This research was carried out by performing a literature review, conducting a survey of fire victims, reviewing fire investigation reports from the Guilford County Emergency Services Fire Investigation section (GCES) and FLSE reporting. Recommendations included standardize reporting, a single FLSE coordinator as a budgeted staff member and a review of existing programs."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/