Fire Department Training Liabilities

By John K. Murphy Training is a vital part of fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) operations and is made even more important because of the changing mission of the departments and the inherent dangers of the job. In today's environment of reduced budget, reduced staff, and fire station closures, coupled with additional calls for service, constant and comprehensive training becomes even more important for all departments large and small. Firefighting and first response fatalities have averaged 100 firefighters each year, with more than 83,000 injures during this same period. Training is designed to prevent these deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, improper training contrib...

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