"Within the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) the problem existed that there was not a vacant/abandon identification system to adequately inform key stakeholders of possible dangerous conditions, which could lead to injury and/or death, affiliated with these types of buildings. The purpose of this research was to develop a vacant/abandon building identification system that can enhance the abilities of personnel responding to these types of locations to have more accurate and up to date information, to reduce the likelihood of injuries and/or death. For this applied research project, the researcher used the action research methodology to answer the following questions: 1) How are vacant/abandon buildings defined within the City of Atlanta and outside the City of Atlanta? 2) What type of identification system will be required to identify all vacant/abandon buildings in the City of Atlanta? 3) What are some of the common methods used to identify vacant/abandon buildings in other like-sized cities in the U.S.? 4) What are the benefits and shortcomings of placarding vacant/abandoned buildings? 5) What are the benefits and shortcomings to placing vacant/abandoned buildings on the computer aided dispatch (CAD) system for apparatus within the AFRD? and 6) What changes in policy that relates specifically to vacant/abandoned buildings are needed?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/