Fire & Rescue

Failure to Train: Protecting Responder Organizations from a Shifting Legal Threat

As the nation debates the role of police in the community, efforts are underway to redefine the concept of qualified immunity and expand the degree to which public safety organizations are held accountable for the actions of their personnel. This paper traces the modern evolution of failure-to-train lawsuits against law enforcement and other public-sector entities, which effectively begins with 1989’s City of Canton v. Harris. From there, the legal concept of failure-to-train becomes a labyrinth of rules and procedures, with more changes on the horizon. Still, some key factors remain essential to organizations seeking both to prevent misconduct and to defend against allegations. One is effective and continuous training, and another is comprehensive, accurate, and easily accessible data recording that training. This paper presents a compelling case for the twin roles of training and documentation in the ever-shifting environment of public safety.

COVID-19. Disaster Planning & Control: The Basics and Beyond

An all-hazards disaster planning and management program is a good start toward being prepared as an organization and responding to the pandemic. However, beyond the basics, a pandemic requires much internal planning related to continuity of operations. The authors will review the basics contained within the text “Disaster Planning and Control”, as well as discuss specifics related to the pandemic based on best practices. Additionally authors Kramer and Hanifen share current experiences, as well as academic background related to COVID-19. The CDC predicts that a resurgence can occur again later this year.

2020-06-01T10:08:37-04:00May 6th, 2020|Fire & Rescue|

Training and Documentation: Your health during COVID-19 (COVID-19 & Mental Health)

This webinar teaches how to build a work/industry culture that reduces mental health stigma, embraces training and education, and encourages exposure (chemical, biological, mental) tracking.   Takeaways: -Tips for recognizing burnout and dangerous stress in yourself and others due to trauma -Standardizing processes for training and documenting exposure -Ways to build a culture of awareness

2020-06-01T10:10:30-04:00May 4th, 2020|Fire & Rescue|

Wildfire, Wildlands, and the Wildland-urban Interface Reflect Firefighting’s Newest, Biggest Challenge

Wildfires are in the news more than ever, and their impact on communities, the environment, and fire services professionals has never been more apparent. With more houses popping up on the border between wildland and civilization, here are the basics every fire team, regardless of current function, should know.

2020-06-04T16:19:52-04:00January 28th, 2020|Fire & Rescue|

Envisage Partners with IAFC to Boost Near Miss Reporting System

Chantilly, VA - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Envisage Technologies have launched a strategic partnership to support the IAFC’s Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System. This partnership will help maintain a safe and accessible platform where fire service personnel who have encountered dangerous situations can share their experiences online to help educate other first responders.

2019-11-05T08:04:46-05:00November 5th, 2019|Fire & Rescue, General Public Safety, Local & Tribal|

Lessons from 9/11: Putting health and safety first

Before 9/11, the term, “first responder,” was not widely used, if at all. The term came into common usage in the wake of that horrific day in 2001 to describe the thousands of public health and safety personnel — firefighters, police, EMTs, and others — who responded to the scene of the terrorist attacks, particularly the devastation of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York. While some object to the overuse of the “first responder” term by the media, saying it is more accurate to specify exactly which agencies responded to an incident, the term has continued to be important in addressing the long-term effects of the terrorist attacks on the emergency personnel who were present at Ground Zero.

2019-09-11T10:46:32-04:00September 10th, 2019|Fire & Rescue, General Public Safety|

Document It or It Didn’t Happen

Fire officers face more problematic legal issues in today’s work environment than ever before. In the absence of appropriate documentation, even the most prepared department will not be able to prove the various ways they invested in the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities for their team. Should this preparation be called into question, proper documentation gives you the best chance of solid defense in the event of litigation. Gerry Roberts, JD will discuss how the documentation you may be doing to achieve accreditation can also improve your legal defensibility.

2020-06-01T10:30:36-04:00August 16th, 2019|Fire & Rescue|
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