Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is the identification and prioritization of risks followed by the
coordinated application of resources to minimize the probability or occurrence and/or the impact
of unfortunate events. Applying CRR affords U.S. fire service agencies the opportunity, through a systematic
approach, to proactively manage the risks within their communities.
CRR is not a new concept for the fire service. For years fire departments have been involved in some
form of community risk reduction through building inspections and public education since they were
first organized in the U.S. But this concept needs to be applied in a focused manner, and truly integrated
into the mission of the fire department. The process of CRR often unfolds in a predictable sequence of:
(1) identifying fire risks at the operational level (preferably by fire station response area); (2) prioritizing
the risks to be addressed, and (3) coordinating elements of emergency response with preventive tactics
that mitigate risks.
For more information on Community Risk Reduction, contact the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District or visit the Vision 20/20 Project website by clicking here.