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Engage 5% of residents in a community risk reduction education activity annually


CY18 Actual

CY17 Actual

Objective Description

The Department’s Office of Community Outreach and Media Affairs leads Departmental efforts to assess community needs, develop programs, and deliver risk reduction programs. Over time, risk assessments identify new areas of risk, and specific programs have, and will continue to, evolve. The overall purpose of these programs is to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths. The Percentage of Residents Engaged in a Community Risk Reduction Education Activity metric measures the number of residents that participate in any one or more meaningful risk reduction educational programs in a given year. These programs include CPR training, Stop-The-Bleed training, Naloxone/Narcan administration training, fire safety and prevention education, home smoke detector checks, Juvenile Fire Setters intervention, and home safety assessments.

Trend Analysis

The data represents the number of meaningful interactions with the public where the outcome is educational. The actual topic may include any number of programs (as the priority for different risks evolves over time). The educational interactions may vary in length from three minutes to much longer. Over the last five years, the Department increased the percent of Howard County residents educated on Fire and EMS related issues by 85%. The Department’s largest impact on residential and community education comes from the Hands Only CPR training program implemented in 2015. Furthermore, the Department created and implemented specialized trainings and programs geared towards assisting vulnerable residents within the county, including, Fire and Fall Safety for the Ageing (2017), Home Safety Visit (2017), and Naloxone Use (2018); with these additional programs, the Department surpassed the goal of engaging 5% of Howard County Residents.


  • Reduce the risks and impacts of health, fire, rescue, and hazardous materials emergencies for the residents and visitors to Howard County.
  • Frequently assess and understand the key areas of need and risk to the community.
  • Provide and facilitate risk reduction information and education programs to reduce the impact of potential emergencies to the community.
  • Facilitate proliferation of risk reducing engineering solutions such as home sprinklers and smoke detectors through public education, outreach, and advocacy for improved local, state, and national codes and economic incentives.

Source: Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue

Detailed Analysis

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