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Risk Management

Risk management is the practice of keeping firefighters safe, well trained and out of trouble.

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Fire Chief
Alexandria Interim Fire Chief Jim Schwartz stated that staff are reviewing years of call data to assess the impact on neighborhoods
Benton County Fire District 1 stated the 525,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse in Finley is too unstable to enter
Attorney for one of the families said the city neglected abandoned properties leading firefighters to believe protections were in place
Former Vancouver Captain Gregory Weber’s attorney stated “a firefighter’s life should only be put at risk for the life of another, not mere property”
FDNY
Staten Island fire companies faced a fire on the second floor of a six-story hospital building
St. Paul firefighters faced multiple rescues, multiple patients in cardiac arrest at the Jan. 3 house fire
Seattle firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in a building that burned before and is known to have squatters
Safety
A passerby alerted Decatur firefighters to smoke coming from an abandoned building
Fire service leaders converged at the IAFC Technology Summit International to address improved analytics, the future of NERIS and the potential impact of AI
A Grand Rapids firefighter was burned while trying to rescue a person reportedly inside
The project, aimed at thoroughly assessing the occupational risks first responders face, has received an initial funding boost of $249,000
The 33,000-square-foot structure had been empty for eight years
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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
Transparent communication between city managers and fire chiefs is essential for building a strong partnership and ensuring the city’s overall wellbeing
Li-ion batteries are here to stay and it’s on firefighters to keep up with advances in battery technology
Safety
Fire apparatus are powerful machines and must be operated responsibly and with “due regard” for the safety of the public
Over $250 million in funding available
Safety
No loss of time due to an injury from falling out of your rig is acceptable, and certainly not a loss of life
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
We should not let the nobility of what we must do be corrupted by the excitement of what we want to do
The risk management expert says too many firefighters are unaware of the issues facing the entire industry
West Metro firefighters said the Lakewood structure was being used by homeless people as a shelter
Baltimore Firefighter John McMaster talks about being in the Stricker Street collapse that killed three firefighters
The fire service is uniquely positioned to lead the transition to more electric devices in our homes, workplaces and community as a whole
Fire Chief
If confirmed, James Wallace would replace former Chief Niles Ford, who resigned in December 2022