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Every day public safety is threatened by fires of various types bringing about the need for fire prevention standards and safety codes in an attempt to keep the public safe. There is adequate justification for the government regulations; the role of the government to protect its citizens, and the concern for failure in the market preventing a public good or service from becoming available or widely used (Smeby, 2014). The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is responsible for the development of many standards and codes focused on fire prevention, fire safety, and other fire-related topics. Every year they host Fire Prevention Week to bring increased attention to the significant public safety threat posed by fires, they help individuals and organizations adequately prepare for and prevent fires in a variety of situations (American National Standards Institute, 2014). One such standard is NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program. This standard is thought of as an umbrella document that incorporates many other NFPA standards. In short, the standards conveyed in NFPA 1500 provides for firefighters’ safety and provides for the firefighters’ training, tools, and protective clothing needed to operate effectively and professionally in mitigating dangerous uncontrolled fires and other emergencies that threaten the wellbeing of the public or destruction of property (Smeby, 2014). The importance of this standard is self-evident; without this standard, the chance of injuries, death, and the loss of property would be much more significant. Narrative, Advisories, Warnings, and Action Messages Information on an event must be given to the public and stakeholders alike. It is imperative and invaluable to ensure that the information is understood by the media and reported accurately and to correct any misinformation before it is reported a second time. There are three
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SUMMARY INCIDENT ACTION PLAN PHASE FIVE 6 methods to accomplish this; the use of narrative information, advisories and warnings, and action messages. Narrative information is general information or an overview of an event or incident. They are usually audio sound bites, video clips, or newspaper articles. They are used to keep the public informed and gives a general picture of the magnitude and progress as the event is unfolding. Timeliness and accuracy are important but not critical. Advisories and warnings, on the other hand, inform the public of a concern or hazard and provide instructions on specific procedures that should be followed. Advisory and warnings are time-sensitive, and accuracy is essential. Multiple warnings cannot conflict. Action messages prompt the public to take immediate action. Timeliness and accuracy can literally mean life or death. Actions messages require a media blitz, using radio, television, public warning systems, and reverse 911 systems (Walsh et al., 2012).
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  • Fall '19
  • National Incident Management System, Emergency service, Public safety, public information

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