Fire Prevention & Protection

BENEFITS OF A SUPPORT SERVICES/FACILITY OFFICER

Issue 2 and Volume 159.

BY DON KIRKHAM Before we discuss the benefits of a designatED support services/facility officer, we need to describe the role and responsibilities of such a position. Since many fire departments have millions of dollars invested in their physical facilities and the infrastructure supporting their operation, it is essential they have one person who is responsible for those investments. Although such responsibilities may be as varied as each department, a support services/facility officer would be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the department’s facilities, systems, real estate, grounds, and utilities. This person may also assume tactical responsibility for equipment, This article focuses on facilities, systems, and grounds. Grounds maintenance. The grounds include all real estate that is in the care, custody, and control of the department. The facility officer’s responsibilities include arranging for grass cutting, landscaping, sprinkler operation, snow removal, and arbor care, to name a few. If these…

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