The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2020 Needs Assessment Survey is open to U.S. fire departments through January 1, 2021. All departments are strongly encouraged to respond to the survey. To date, NFPA has received more than 1,000 responses – an early and strong response indicative of the importance of the Needs Assessment. Survey results will be published in the second half of 2021.

The Needs Assessment looks at what fire departments are being asked to do, and if they have the resources necessary to carry out those tasks. Questions on PPE, apparatus and equipment, training, health and wellness, and cancer prevention are included to address critical, timely issues facing the fire service. This survey provides a powerful opportunity for all departments to inform policymakers at the local, state, and national level on where support and resources are needed most.

If you are a member of a fire department that would like to participate in the survey but have not received it, please email with your fire department’s name, state, and zip code. You can also reach the NFPA toll-free at 1(800)343-8890. For more information about the 2020 Needs Assessment survey, along with reports from previous surveys, visit

Survey questions were developed with input from fire service organizations including: Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABFF), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA), International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), International Association of Women in Fire/Emergency Service (iWomen), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs), National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFC), National Association of State Foresters (NASF), National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).