What is the projected industrial growth?
What are the transportation conditions?
What plans are in existence at community, local government (municipal, regional district or improvement district) or provincial levels which could influence the planning?
Answering these questions is hard work. Community involvement is an important element in the master planning process.
Early citizen participation and support can do much to eliminate concerns and avoid misunderstanding.
Fire Protection System Defined
The community as a whole needs to understand what master planning is and what it is not. The people must not feel threatened by the planning process; they should feel that they are a part of it and have a say in what happens.
Planning will take a lot of work and some of the decisions will be difficult, but the results are well worth the effort.
When it is completed the master plan is presented for approval and adoption. Adoption of the plan is the final step of the planning phase; it is here that the community commits itself to the plan.
Commitment means that the level of fire protection service, and therefore the risk, is fully understood and accepted.
It also means that the cost and the resources needed to provide the protection are understood and accepted.
This is especially important where changes in current methods are to be made-for example, increased private sector participation through mandatory installation of smoke alarms, smoke detectors or sprinkler systems.
To better understand fire prevention and control as a workable system, consider the term “fire protection” as defined by the National Fire Protection Association:
“Fire Protection. The science of reducing loss of life and property by fire, including both fire prevention and fire extinguishment by