This module discusses the concept of advance warning, its benefits, and how to implement a range of advance warning devices.
Chief Gaines rose through the ranks of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue (VA), serving for 35 years in many positions, including seven years as fire chief. He then was a principle architect of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program at FEMA/USFA and was the lead in developing the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. These grant programs that Chief Gaines helped found have awarded millions of dollars over the last decade to fire departments and fire-related organizations to purchase equipment, fund training, and support research that makes emergency response safer for everyone. The Responder Safety Learning Network would not exist without the AFG Fire Prevention & Safety grant program. The Responder Safety Learning Network is grateful not only for the funds that Chief Gaines' work made available, but for his leadership that shaped the AFG program, realized the vision, and brought improved safety within reach of every department.
The Responder Safety Learning Network extends its deepest sympathy to Chief Gaines' family and colleagues, as well as our profound gratitude for their support of Chief Gaines' work that has meant so much to the practice of emergency response in the United States. We were honored to have known him and benefit from his generosity and lifetime of experience.