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Emerging Challenges

Within the broad objective of mitigating hazards to protect life and property, Fire and Rescue services prepare to meet the challenges of emerging demographics and population-characteristics within complex social environments. Key challenges include:

  • Aging populations will increase emergency medical aid services demands
  • Demands for fire and rescue services amplifies exposure to line-of-duty injury and deaths
  • Professional training and development needs to expand as emerging technologies are deployed to field applications
  • Top-down regulation constrains, rather than liberates, adaptation to local needs
  • Transitioning to Interoperable communications systems and technologies

Within these challenges, the ever-present challenge of maintaining existing funding and attracting new funding sources necessary for maintaining and expanding services, as well as for support equipment and infrastructure also grows.

Fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical aid, protection of property, and preservation of the environment.

Through a broad range of professional expertise, specialized equipment, and service-delivery strategies, Fire and Rescue professionals focus on first-response fire-suppression and associated emergency services. In a transportation-operations environment, like other first responders, Fire and Rescue services operate within a complex environment of risk and hazards associated with roadway traffic and public-highway operations, in addition to interacting with victims and interfacing with other first responders.

Fire and Rescue leaders continually assess and promote improved services strategies, from professional education and training, to advancing preventative measures and promoting public education. Through advanced technologies and operations policy, Fire and Rescue services are focused on first responder coordination with allied emergency-responders, including Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services and Transportation Operations agencies, among others. Interoperable communications thus become a key element in the effective identification, response, and management of incident scenes.

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Emerging Opportunities

Emerging transportation-operations and emergency-services technologies introduce a new dimension to Fire and Rescue services responders. From addressing technology standards and applications protocols, to staff training, professional development, and participation in public policy issues, Fire and Rescue leaders foresee both challenges and opportunities in emerging operations technologies. Building forward momentum in these and related areas begins with a focus on key first responder and more specifically, on fire and rescue principles, including:

  • Protecting citizens from the devastation of fire, environmental, natural, and technological emergencies
  • Understanding key problems affecting the fire service across all levels of service, and over multiple layers of authority and responsibility
  • Influencing programs dedicated to the continual upgrading and refinement of fire services through professional training and development
  • Promoting the advancement of fire-services delivery and the advancement of public safety and security through technology applications
  • Enhancing awareness of fire prevention and preservation of life, property, and natural resources through public education
  • Building effective partnerships with allied agencies and with appropriate public policy bodies through cooperative and collaborative programs

Partnership and Collaboration

Transportation operations safety and incident management calls for the creation and refinement of multi-discipline and interagency partnerships. As partnerships mature, common problems are identified, common opportunities are pursued, and common goals are met. While advanced technologies can support, they cannot be expected to replace necessary collaborative programs. In this regard, fire and rescue policy will be instrumental in promoting necessary programs and projects for interoperability and interfacing of services-delivery practices.

Fire and Rescue professionals are committed to delivering high quality emergency response, and mitigation services, through the process of saving lives and property. Through highly-trained professionals supported by emergency services techniques and technologies, trained professionals continue to refine services-delivery strategies while deploying new technologies and applications protocols for meeting evolving challenges.