Developing Buy-In for Your Fire Safety Program

By ED WURSTERDeveloping a firefighter safety program can be daunting for volunteer departments. Creating an all-encompassing plan that protects members takes a lot of organization, research, and time. However, no one can doubt the importance of having such a program. Who wants to volunteer for a department that does not value or emphasize the safety of its firefighters?No one intentionally tries to be unsafe. However, the process for developing a safety program is challenging. The programs aren’t about training someone to work with new equipment; they are meant to change a culture and environment within the fire department and its members.For the Abington Township (PA) Fire Departme...

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