Leadership, Volunteer Fire Service

Training: A Method of Risk Reduction in the Volunteer Fire Service

Issue 5 and Volume 173.

VOLUNTEERS CORNER ❘ By Joe Nedder When I ask firefighters to tell me about risk management, a variety of responses come forth. They talk about multiple risk management systems, “risk a lot to save a lot,” and community risk programs, but the most frequent response is SILENCE! Why do you think that is? Think about it; what do you really know and, more importantly, understand about risk management? For most of us, the honest answer is “Not much.” And, we need to be honest when addressing this topic. There are many aspects involved in managing risk. It can get very involved and overwhelming. Simply put, risk management is the act of trying to control things that can cause injury or death. This is a lot simpler to understand than the definition in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1250, Recommended Practice in Fire and Emergency Service Organization Risk Management (Section 3.3.25):…

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