Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Leadership

Company Officer: Life Safety Education Is Your Job, Too!

Issue 7 and Volume 170.

BY JARROD M. SERGI Community risk reduction in our jurisdictions is one of the most essential activities in which a fire department will participate. Through risk reduction, we can target specific neighborhoods, identify threats, and come up with practical solutions. Community risk reduction can be defined or interpreted in many ways. Consider a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Imagine there was a problem with the glass jar constantly falling off the shelf and shattering all over the floor. How would we prevent this? We could move it to a lower shelf, switch from using a glass container to a plastic one, or place warning signs about the potential for a falling jar of Grandma’s best. We want to find a way to reduce or eliminate risk to our citizens. We have to find ways to keep that glass jar from breaking. Company Officers As a company officer, you set…

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