NFPA, USFA Release Rural Fire Mitigation Report


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces the release of a comprehensive report from a joint project with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to examine ways to reduce the high death rate from fire in rural America.

Mitigation of the Rural Fire Problem: Strategies Based on Original Research and Adaptation of Existing Best Practices” provides implementation strategies for the reduction of rural fires. The report targets the fundamental differences in the nature of the rural fire problem compared to the U.S. fire problem as a whole.

“NFPA was pleased to partner with USFA on this innovative project that has identified ways to reduce fire deaths in rural America,” says NFPA President James Shannon. “This initiative supports NFPA’s efforts in saving lives, protecting property and reducing risks associated with fire.”

In addition to fire protection and suppression, the report also examines human issues such as public fire safety education and technical factors, including fire and smoke detection, codes, consumer product safety and residential fire sprinklers.

“As communities with fewer than 2,500 residents have a per capita fire death rate almost twice the national rate, this is an important life safety effort,” says U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory B. Cade. “USFA has a long commitment to reducing fire deaths in this country through effective mitigation and preparedness.”

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