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Develop, with the other government agencies, a definition of their roles in the fire protection process. in addition. In recognition that most deaths in residential fires are from smoke inhalation, they recommended that smoke detectors and sprinkler heads be required at the top of the stairwell in all two-story residences. The Mountain View chief and his staff inventoried the fire department, in terms of both personnel and equipment, and then projected additional needs of manpower and capital investments over a lo-year period.
In some communities, on the other hand, the public has come to expect the fire service to handle any life safety emergency. If the fire department does not live up to this expectation, the public may conclude that fire 34 FIRE SERVICE PERSONNEL department manpower is not worth its costs to taxpayers. The changing environment. Another pressure toward placing manpower practices on a more rational basis stems from changes that have occurred in our urban society and in fire problems. Take, for example, the high-rise building, a special problem to which more and more fire departments are being introduced.
Resources were pooled, and economic efficiency was gained through the elimination of duplicated services. In particular, the advantages cited of the British experience were: l More efficient manning through the combining of small companies; l Greater operational effectiveness through better manned companies, uniform fire suppression methods, direct control of response of all companies (rather than depending on mutual aid arrangements like those in many American communities), and the ability to concentrate manpower rapidly at major fires; AMERICA BURNING 23 Better communications; Better training facilities as a result of a larger tax base supporting them; l More uniform regulatory code enforcement; Economies effected through large volume purl chases and standardization of parts; l Better recordkeeping with less total effort.