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It's Community Risk Reduction Week in Illinois
Illinois Ag Connection - 01/19/2021

Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is a data-driven process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact. Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed this week CRR Week in Illinois.

The goal of CRR Week is to raise awareness among the fire service that implementing CRR concepts will make communities and department safer. The idea of CRR week originated with individuals from various fire departments across the country. The focus of the week will be on the five "E's" of CRR; Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Economic Incentive and Emergency Response. Any fire department or community, big or small, rural or metro, paid or volunteer can use CRR concepts to identify risks in their communities and start to plan how to reduce those risks. Monday was Martin Luther King Day and is nationally recognized as a National Day of Service and an opportunity for communities to reduce the risk in their community through a series of educational and other programs.

"The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is dedicated to the CRR process in Illinois and helped to establish a taskforce. The OSFM has provided a $50,000 grant aimed at helping develop strategies to reduce or mitigate risks to our first responders and community members. I encourage all fire departments across the state to work with community leaders and actively engage in the CRR process," said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

According to, every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. In 2018, 74% of all fire deaths occurred in the home and home fires were responsible for 11,200 civilian injures, causing an estimated $25.6 billion in property damage. In 2019, EMS responses were the top reason for a fire department to be called out in Illinois, and nationally the fire service responds to a growing number of medical calls for service, surpassing 80% of total call volume in some jurisdictions.

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