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Welcome to Community Fire Protection News, our online newsletter for the fire service, insurers, building officials, water professionals, and emergency responders. We provide concise and topical community mitigation and insurance news and more.
CFP News is a joint publication of Verisk Insurance Solutions and its ISO Community Hazard Mitigation business. In this issue, we focus on resilience, a vital topic for communities and municipalities looking to mitigate the effects of disasters, both natural and man-made. We start with an interview with Leslie Chapman-Henderson, the CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®), in which we discuss the national movement toward resilience. In another article, we analyze the trends in building code adoption and enforcement, including improvements in the nation’s building codes as reflected in a ten-year review of our BCEGS® program. Guest reporter Jim Crawford talks about Vision 20/20, the plan for the future of the fire service. We highlight a fire station in Fort Lauderdale that was named the nation’s busiest and the San Antonio building department that achieved a BCEGS® classification of 1.
This issue includes many industry updates and insights. We hope you’ll find our latest information useful in your own efforts to keep people and property safe against fire and other catastrophes.
Robert L. Andrews
Vice President and Chief Field Operations Officer
Verisk Insurance Solutions
Community Fire Protection News spoke with FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson to learn more about FLASH and its efforts.
Despite being assaulted by many massive tornadoes, hurricanes, superstorms, wildfires, and other major disasters over the last several decades, communities throughout America continue to battle back to life.
For 2015, Fort Lauderdale Fire Station 2 was recognized by Firehouse magazine as the “busiest station,” with 33,270 responses providing services to the city and its residents, businesses, and visitors.
In September 2016, the City of San Antonio became the first community in Texas to earn a classification of 1 from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®).
Vision 20/20 is a project that grew out of a national planning process intended to create a vision of what fire safety, prevention, and protection efforts in the United States should look like in the year 2020.
According to our October analysis, building code adoption and enforcement have improved in more than 70 percent of the states tracked.