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“Communities that adapt to wildfire understand the risk and take individual and collective steps to prepare for wildfire. The actions in the larger community and in the landscapes surrounding them will reduce risk to public and firefighter safety, property, critical assets, the economy, and resources. An adapted community is more likely to successfully lower the negative impact of wildfire.
It begins with a risk assessment for any given community. That risk assessment involves examining incident data to see what kind of events are popping up most frequently and where. Incident data can help us make informed decisions about deployment models, including how many stations, what type of equipment, and staffing levels to manage call loads. And for the record, deployment of emergency response resources is the backbone of a CRR plan. However, if we focus on emergency response exclusively, we're living up to the old adage: If the only tool in your kit is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.
Modern building materials work wonders for homeowners — they make homes easier and cheaper to build, they’re generally stronger and they take less time to construct. But this convenience comes at a cost that homeowners need to be aware of: Increased fire devastation.
On average, more than 100,000 wildfires light up the landscape each year in the western portion of the United States. It’s not uncommon for fire to burn through more than two million acres across states like California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and throughout the West and Southwest.
According to Ready.gov, a fire can go from a hazard to life-threatening in a matter of minutes. If a fire starts while you’re asleep, you need to get out fast. A full quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that started in the bedroom, according to the National Fire Protection Association:
Asbestos exposure has caused thousands of respiratory and abdominal injuries. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma victims and their family members are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained from asbestos exposure.