Community Risk Reduction

Community Risk Reduction 
Have you ever thought about doing a Community Risk Reduction (CRR) program for your community?
The identification and prioritization of risks, followed by the coordinated application of resources to minimize the probability of occurrence and/or the impact of unfortunate events. –Vision 20/20

 Those programs, initiatives, and services that prevent and/or mitigate the risk of or effects from fire, injuries, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, acts of terrorism, etc. –US Fire Administration


Community risk reduction is not a new concept for the fire service. Fire departments have been actively involved in fire prevention for many years through public education, building inspections and other activities. Although there is no specific blueprint for developing CRR programs, there are some common and essential steps. Ultimately, the CRR plan will be unique to each fire department or organization, based on the types of risks for that specific community.
Many organizations use a six-step approach towards developing a CRR program:
Step 1: Identify Community Risks
Step 2: Prioritize Community Risks
Step 3: Develop Strategies & Tactics to Mitigate Risks
Step 4: Prepare the CRR Plan
Step 5: Implement the CRR Plan
Step 6: Monitor, Evaluate, and Modify the CRR Plan
An online Community Risk Assessment Guide to help fire departments and other organizations to conduct a basic or more complex assessment of risks within their community. Ultimately, the results of the risk assessment can be used to develop a CRR plan. These are the first two steps of the six-step process
The Community Risk Reduction Planning Guide  takes you through the remaining four steps of the CRR planning process.