Inaugural Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week to take place January 20-26, 2020
By Member Joyce Shry
January 13, 2020

What is Community Risk Reduction (CRR)? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) defines CRR as “programs, actions and services used by a community which prevent or mitigate the loss of life, property and resources associated with life safety, fire and other disasters within a community.

CRR is not a name – it is a process. CRR is a grassroots movement for fire service professionals across the country. We are working to reduce overall fire and carbon monoxide incidents and their impact on the community. CRR is an important aspect of safety.

CRR improves quality of life and promotes a standard of care important to every elected official. This means fire departments exist not only to respond to emergencies after the fact, but to prevent or reduce the effects of their occurrence in the first place. It assumes the fire service will act proactively as a risk-reduction entity for their community and will partner with other community organizations as needed to accomplish their risk reduction objectives.

Ultimately, what CRR does is build community equity, which is the result of an ongoing, positive relationship with the community. It is not something that happens in a few days or a few weeks. It is the total sum of all programs and services of the fire department. Community equity is built each time a member of the community has a positive interaction with the department. By working proactively and with community partners, the fire service will be able to provide the highest level of protection.

Everyone has a role in CRR! First responders, residents, business owners, visitors, students, etc. --- the entire community has a role in driving a community culture of safety and prevention. Everyone working together will help reduce negative impacts and lead to positive outcomes.

Attachment Community-Risk-Assessment-Guide-v1.5.pdf  (7,178k)
Attachment CRRHandout.pdf  (110k)