Welcome to the second installment of our three-part series on Community Risk Reduction (CRR). If you haven’t already, please check out our first installment here. We will be adding one more post next week, so make sure to check back in! This week we will be covering the importance of community education and outreach in your CRR program. Click below to find out how ER can help with your CRR plan.
Blog 2 of 3 – Community Education and Outreach
Historically, community education and outreach have been an afterthought for many fire departments, but in the modern fire service that way of thinking is changing. With an increasing number of fire departments being asked to “do more with less,” the idea that departments should not just respond to emergencies but also do more to prevent them is beginning to take hold. The importance of community education and outreach programs can no longer be disputed. In today’s fire service, both topics play a major role in CRR programs and are included as part of the CPSE accreditation process.
When developing a plan, it is necessary to have buy-in from your personnel as well as from individuals within the community. It’s important to involve your community in this process and work with them to develop an effective plan that works for everyone. One of the best papers we found on this topic is “Public Fire Education Planning” by FEMA, which explains the development of a community education plan as a five step process. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas on how to reach your community, the website https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education is an excellent place to start. This site has a comprehensive list of community involvement ideas, free marketing templates, and other resources to get you on the right track.
It is important to note that an RMS will not do the work for you. There is no substitute for getting out in your community and putting in the time and work necessary to educate your citizens and get the results you desire. However, there are some modules within the ER platform that can make this process easier by streamlining the planning and execution of certain projects.
One of these is the Events Module, which can help track your agency’s contributions to the community outside of pure emergency services, such as special events, classes, or public outreach. This module acts as a virtual bulletin board where events can be changed, and details can be edited in real time. Once an event has been posted, all members within the department can view it and even sign up to help. With this module you will be able to automatically track the amount of volunteer time for every participant and auto assign LOSAP points for hours worked. Your events auto populate into the calendar and there is also an option to have the event show up in the attendee’s timecard in the Payroll Module. Once the event has been automatically uploaded to the Calendar Module, users have the ability to upload it to their individual Google, iCal, or Outlook accounts.
To learn more about how Emergency Reporting can help your department with its Community Risk Reduction plan, please visit: https://emergencyreporting.com/products/prevention-package/
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