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Community Risk Reduction and How You Can Help

“It takes a village’ is a common phrase that is thrown around a lot these days. While the original phrase actually is “It takes a village to raise a child,” the idea presented is that it takes a group of people working together to support each other and do great things.

This concept of a community working together is true in so many areas, especially when it comes to safety and fire prevention for a specific neighborhood. Each person who has a vested interest in a community - people like business owners, residents, fire departments, police departments, first responders, and even fire safety companies (such as Manhattan Flameproofing), has an important role to play in the overall fire protection of a given community.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has opened the doors for some great opportunities for those who really want to step up their game in helping their community be safer.

The NFPA has launched a campaign for all community members to get involved in - the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) pilot program.  In this effort, those who care about their communities will get involved by identifying the most hazardous risks in their area and brainstorm and enact a plan to address those risks.

Joined with the mySidewalk platform, digital tools will be utilized to help committee members identify and keep track of their findings and help them design and execute their plan.

In order to promote this campaign, the NFPA has committed to giving 50 grants to fire departments who are willing to take part in this pilot program and utilize mySidewalk in their involvement. Twenty-five grants have been given out already, and 25 more have yet to be distributed to other fire departments. 

In order to be eligible for the grant, the NFPA requires 3 commitments:

  1. To share the collected information with the National Fire Data System (NFDS)
  2. To make a commitment to employ mySidewalk for one year, providing important data to the CRR program, which serves at the community level
  3. To provide feedback to the CRR team

You may want to get involved, but you aren’t associated with a fire department. What then? Here’s what the NFPA says about that:

“Everyone has a role in CRR! First responders, residents, business owners, visitors, students – everyone has a role in driving a community culture of safety and prevention.

“Stakeholders are individuals, groups, or organizations who might be affected or be affected by the CRA or the CRR plan. For example, firefighters, city planners, and members of the local civic organization are stakeholders.

“Partners are people or groups who agree to share physical, financial, or intellectual resources to achieve common goals. Big box retailers who donate materials to help Firewise communities are partners. Local faith-based groups may serve as partners if they provide space and promotion for educational safety presentations.

“A CRR committee is the group of people responsible for developing the CRR plan.”


All of us working together is what keeps a community safe. Programs like the CRR is an excellent tool for community members who have a vested interest in the safety of their neighborhood as well as a desire to protect those who come within their borders. As a member of the village, your ears, eyes, and hands are vital to your community’s safety.

Manhattan Flameproofing offers our support to campaigns like this, and we are proud to play our part in keeping New York City well-protected from fires and helping minimize the risk of disasters due to fire. If you would like more information on keeping your business safe from fire through flameproofing, we’d be happy to help. Give us a call to discuss your needs, and we’ll give you a free, no-obligation quote: 1-800-268-7993

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