Leadership

DEPENDENT CARE PROGRAM PROTECTS WELFARE OF MEMBERS’ FAMILIES

Issue 7 and Volume 158.

At a moment’s notice, fire personnel respond to numerous emergencies. These emergencies may include natural disasters (floods, wildfires, earthquakes), building fires, and major haz-mat incidents. In addition, after the 9/11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, the threat of additional mass-casualty terrorist attacks is always present. Many of the responding fire personnel’s family members may be within the radius of such an incident. On-duty fire personnel may not be able to contact their families during an emergency or disaster and will be concerned about the welfare of their family members. A fire department dependent care program can be developed to address the safety and welfare of personnel’s family members. This would enable on-duty fire personnel to stay focused on the incident in which they are involved instead of being distracted by concern for their families. Many fire departments across the United States work a 24-hour shift. During that 24-hour period,…

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