Policies and procedures have become increasingly important to fire departments in today’s complex, litigious society. Beyond helping to reduce liability, effective policies improve operations and enhance the safety and health of firefighters. They are the cornerstone of organizational learning, and have proven to be the best method for incorporating lessons learned into a fire department’s daily operations.

Yet, the lack of policies is repeatedly cited as a contributing factor in firefighter fatalities in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health firefighter fatality reports. The lack of policies also figures prominently in many lawsuits holding fire departments liable.

Paul Doughty, attorney, from the Fire Law Group, will conduct fire liability training on November 28, 2018. This session will review the liability risks associated with fire and emergency services with a focus on the 10 high-risk policy areas that are associated with both fire service lawsuits and firefighter injuries.

Fire chiefs, fire service personnel, risk managers, safety committee members and others who serve in a risk management role are encouraged to attend. Attendance at this session counts toward SCMIT and SCMIRF risk self-assessment credit and as an elective course for participants in the Risk Management Institute.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online.