Firefighting

CAN FAILURE TO TRAIN FIRE OFFICERS BE AN ADA VIOLATION?

Issue 6 and Volume 149.

CAN FAILURE TO TRAIN FIRE OFFICERS BE AN ADA VIOLATION? BY THOMAS D. SCHNEID The ADA has caused confusion for some fire departments with regard to their hiring and selection process. Fire departments should evaluate all phases of their current criteria including selection, advertising, screening, medical exams, physical and psychological testing, and other components to ensure compliance. Careful review of the Guidance document will assist in ensuring compliance with the ADA. In addition, departments may wish to have legal counsel evaluate their hiring and selection procedures prior to making changes, to ensure not only that the procedures and policies are in compliance with the ADA and other related laws but also that the criteria of the policies and procedures are providing the information necessary to permit the department to make a reasonable judgment as to potential candidates. Preparing beforehand can prevent potential ADA claims as well as provide a good,…

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