As I read a line-of-duty-death report recently, two statements jumped off the page. First, the report concluded that “General Orders are often contradictory, unclear, or too cumbersome for personnel to glean operational value.” Second, it stated investigators had observed “lack of trust with departm
One of the many jobs we encounter as firefighters is to mentor and train our personnel. Beginning with core skills, we add to the skill-set until a recruit can put two or three together for an assignment. These skills are an important part of training our personnel to make decisions under stress.
Today’s firefighters are “all-hazards” responders, providing emergency medical response, fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, response to active shooter/hostile events, fire inspections, public education, investigation, community training and more. While this is a long a
Company training is the foundation for company success on the fire ground. “What qualifies as company training? How do I prepare company training? We have a training officer, I don’t need to do company training. My guys are above the level needed for basic company training.” These are all state
Have there ever been any lawsuits filed against a fire department for failing to implement or being noncompliant with NFPA standards? I am specifically concerned with whether (and the extent to which) lawsuits arising out of firefighter line-of-duty death (LODD) or serious injury reference NFPA stan