Just recently, a true, non-biased study was performed to show the need and importance of having adequate manpower when responding to a house fire. The report was completed to show a need for adequate manpower at a residential fire, it does not include high-rise structures, but it’s a good start.
Fire Departments across the nation have suffered a loss in manpower putting the public and the fire fighters at an elevated risk. This study shows an absolute benefit when a department has more men.
April 28, 2010 — A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service’s ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Click here to read the news release.
Conducted by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting and public safety communities, the study results found that four-person fire fighting crews were able to complete 22 essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a typical residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.
The report is the first to quantify the effects of crew sizes and arrival times on the fire service’s lifesaving and fire fighting operations.
This and other scientific data in the report will help educate public officials, fire chiefs and other decision-makers on the importance of adequate staffing and deployment with respect to fire fighter and public safety.
Study investigators from NIST and the IAFF announced the results of the study at a press conference at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC, before the start of the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute meeting of top fire safety officials from the across the nation.