Demonstrating Your Fire Prevention Program’s Worth – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles that discuss the importance of measuring the effectiveness of fire prevention and public education programs. This process of evaluation will provide the stakeholders with information regarding a program’s (or...

Lastly, Vision 20/20 presented a Model Program Symposium in 2010 and hopes to provide another symposium later this year. The symposium provided attendees with information on existing fire departments evaluating fire prevention programs. These presentations are provided for review at their website This organization was created in 2008 to work on national strategies for fire loss prevention. They established five strategies and the area of model performance measurements. This organization is comprised of major fire service organizations: The Institution of Fire Engineers – U.S. Branch; United States Fire Administration; National Fire Academy; International Association of Fire Chiefs; Insurance Services Organization; Center for Public Service Excellence; International Code Council; International City/County Management Association; and Center for Disease Control.

The next article will discuss the road to effective evaluation and the types of evaluation. The series will conclude with a discussion of the stakeholder’s responsibilities and evaluation examples.

MARTIN M. KING serves as assistant chief in charge of the fire prevention bureau for the West Allis, WI, Fire Department. He has been with the department for 24 years and a member of the fire service for 32 years. As an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy, he instructs numerous courses in risk management and he has served on two recent fire prevention manual material review committees for IFSTA. He is currently a member of the Vision 20/20 committee working on performance measurements for fire prevention and education programs. Martin is a contributing expert to the Home Safety Council's Expert Network Academy. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and is a recent graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.