• They are legislated to do it
• The local authority having jurisdiction forces it
• A prior loss points out the need.
• Someone sees the value of the change.
• Military, industry, insurance, and other industries have been using these approaches for years using evidence based, scientific based programs.
All of this translates to learning from other disciplines and scientific sources to culturally change the fire service approach to preventing accidents, injuries, death, and property damage. This should be accomplished by all agencies integrating safety into the daily routine of the organization. Business and industry has done this for years by:
• Rewarding and recognizing safe behavior
• Making everyone accountable for safe daily operations, and
• Making management accountable when losses occur.
Lesson 35: Periodically look outside your organization and discipline to see how safety problems are solved by others in the fire service and outside the fire services so learn from experts in solving your problems and concerns.
Safety 101 - A series from the technical and administrative perspective, designed to help you reduce emergency responder injuries, illnesses, property loss and death!
DR. WILLIAM F. JENAWAY, CSP, CFO, CFPS, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is Executive Vice President of VFIS and has over 30 years experience in safety and risk management in the insurance industry. He was named "Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year" as Chief of the King of Prussia, PA, Volunteer Fire Company, and is the author the text Emergency Service Risk Management.