U.S. Fire Administration: Fiscal Year 2019 Report to Congress   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "This report highlights the achievements of the USFA's [U.S. Fire Administration] activities during the period of Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. [...] Over the years, the USFA has adjusted to new developments and challenges facing the fire and emergency services community (e.g. the expanded need for Emergency Medical Services [EMS] and Wildland Urban Interface [WUI] impacts), always with the intention of providing leadership and support to stakeholders in our shared responsibility for public safety. Recognizing the evolving roles and expanding responsibilities of U.S. fire services, the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) collects information on the full range of fire department responses. The NFIRS is an all-hazard database, considering firefighters are all-hazard responders. Participation in the NFIRS is voluntary, and more than 24,000 fire departments report to the NFIRS. Of approximately 28.5 million incidents reported to the NFIRS annually, approximately 1.2 million are fires. The largest percentage of incidents reported are related to EMS. In addition, fire departments respond to an endless variety of calls for assistance, including hazardous material spills, motor vehicle accidents, floods and water rescues, and explosions or bomb disposals. When there is a natural or man-made disaster, firefighters respond. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the USFA continued its role in providing national leadership for fire and emergency services stakeholders in mitigation, prevention, preparedness, and response. As an integral part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the USFA embraces a whole community concept for emergency management and recognizes it takes all elements of a community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards and emergencies."

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