|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.
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.