The resources on this page will help enhance your fire department’s level of preparedness and response to non-fire emergencies and natural disasters.
The public relies on first responders during emergencies, and the more substantial the incident or the disaster, the greater the need for assistance delivered by the fire department and others with public safety missions.
USFA is working with the National Association of State EMS Officials to study COVID-19-revealed issues related to continuity of operations and emergency responder health and safety during a pandemic. Estimated release date: October 2021.
Until this new study is published, please refer to the recently updated Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic.
Find out what the latest infection control and prevention recommendations are for EMS personnel when encountering patients with suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms.
Review the content below for products, tools and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.
General guidance for fire and EMS to prepare personnel, the station, apparatus and the community for emergency response in a challenging environment.Learn about best practices
The Hazardous Materials Roundtable Meeting report (Feb. 5-6, 2019) identifies critical issues and suggested plans of action to strengthen hazardous materials response throughout the country.Download the report PDF 2.2 MB
A study of after action reviews from major disasters of the past decade to gain insight into lessons learned.
While after action reviews produce valuable lessons, lessons alone are not the end of the story. In fact, lessons learned should rightly be the beginning of a new chapter in a fire department’s operational behaviors. Lessons without a corresponding change in operational behavior are not lessons learned.
This report identifies gaps and needs in first responder training and resources and presents solutions that serve to better prepare local-level fire services for all-hazard events and to interact with federal resources. The disasters studied were weather-related events that required responding firefighters to assume duties for which they were unprepared or for situations they never anticipated.
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On April 27, 2011, a devastating series of tornadoes struck Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. An estimated 336 lives were lost in the region’s tornadoes and related events. At least 10,000 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed and dozens of public facilities were rendered inoperative.
A series of meetings was held in the summer of 2011 to look at fire department and EMS organization activities. Over 50 representatives of impacted departments attended and each had an opportunity to respond to specific questions as well as provide a free range of their own inputs.
This report condenses those meetings and inputs and provides an insight into the routines, challenges and needs of local fire and EMS agencies during preparation for, response to and recovery from, natural disasters.