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Fire Policies

Policies are the foundation for all operations in the fire service. From apparatus backing to anti-retaliation, policies set expectations, provide guidance, and protect firefighters and fire departments. This section highlights how fire department policies play out in the real world, while also connecting you with best practices for drafting, updating and ensuring accountability with policies.

Leadership
What are the rules for discipline at the chief officer level?
Orange County Fire Authority’s Organizational Doctrine became a North Star for the agency
A three-step roadmap for cultural transformation
The FDIC education director urged firefighters to become “revolutionaries” who don’t watch from the outside but rather make change from within fire service institutions
While it can be useful and effective, social media is not always simple
Carroll County Fire & EMS had file cabinets with outdated information before they began using software from Lexipol
The FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition leads efforts to enhance first responder mental wellness through comprehensive strategies and policy changes
Fire departments and individual members can take several measures to make cold weather operations safer and more comfortable
We want firefighters who are willing to take risks, even if that means the occasional fail
Well-crafted fire policies are in the best interest of your department and will help reduce risks to the organization and its members
The more we get jammed up, the more we lose organizational trust, public trust ... and insurance coverage
Safety
No loss of time due to an injury from falling out of your rig is acceptable, and certainly not a loss of life
NIOSH reports are a good place to start when making your case
When good people get involved in high risk, low-frequency events, you are much more likely to make a mistake; ongoing training is key
Leadership
If you don’t believe public safety personnel should be held to a higher standard, please go back to class
A well-written strategic plan will provide awareness of what’s going on in your specific environment
The risk management expert says too many firefighters are unaware of the issues facing the entire industry
Tulsa firefighters’ union has been reviewing the use of marijuana for pain relief for several years
In advance of Stand Down week, Lexipol has released updated Fire Procedures that address several issues involved with lithium-ion batteries
A simple policy shop for police has grown into a comprehensive suite of operational and wellness solutions for first responders
Each call for service is unique; the only way you can thoroughly investigate every call you go to is to slow down
Chesterfield FD’s PIO Steve Frischling faced two counts of “unauthorized taking or transmission by first responders of images of crime or accident victims”
How to implement mayday-focused policies in an actionable and relatable way that builds muscle memory for these events
Detailing the data collection and technical assistance tool that recipients of federal funding from DHS are now required to complete
Your fire department has invested in the power; now it’s time to show off responsible use of the new technology
The settlement sum aims to resolve the remaining claims in a lawsuit over deputies and firefighters sharing photos of the NBA star’s fatal helicopter crash
“We can’t plan for everything, but with the right people, policies, training, and supervision in place we can best handle whatever may come our way”