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From veterans to migrants, homeless (unhoused) people are found in nearly every community in the United States—even when their presence may not be obvious.
Responding to unhoused individuals living in homeless situations such as encampments, streets or vacant structures poses significant challenges for firefighters and EMS personnel, including transient-living fire and life-safety situations, firefighter/EMT safety/survival threats and proliferation of communicable diseases. Such calls also add to an ever-increasing incident volume, impacting the deployment systems of fire-based EMS systems and the healthcare system.
Join Lexipol TOMORROW (TUESDAY, July 8, 2019) to learn how two urban fire departments have evolved their deployment systems and programs to address these challenges and worked to improve safety for both firefighters and unhoused individuals.
==Health and safety risks that these homeless/unhoused populations face, from fires in encampments to substance abuse and exposure to communicable diseases
==Firefighter safety considerations when responding to calls involving homeless/unhoused people or encampments
==Strategies and tactics from the Fire Chief of Spokane (WA) Brian Schaeffer as well as Division Fire Chief Alan Long (Anaheim, CA) …and what their fire departments have used to successfully mitigate risks to firefighters and improve quality of life for vulnerable populations