Fire Marshals Call for Changes in Fire Reporting System
Published January 15th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- Firefighters across North Central Florida are reviewing the way fires are reported in the wake of a new report issued by the nation's top fire marshals.
The report calls for changes in the way fire departments list the cause of fires after close to half of all fires reported around the country last year listed the cause as "unknown."
One of the recommended changes includes revamping the system used to track all fires. The report calls the current system "overly complex" and recommends fire departments change it in a way that makes it more user friendly.
The report also suggests firefighters begin updating their incident reports any time they obtain new information. The report says this could have the single largest impact on reducing the number of fires with an undetermined cause.
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