Safety 101 - Lesson 25

The implementation of standard operating guidelines, acceptance of personal responsibility and strong training are the best foundation for safety.

These recommendations lead us to one conclusion: "Efforts need to be made to recognize that firefighter injuries can be reduced. By addressing the priorities (listed by these analyses), organizations can make significant strides towards reducing the number and impact of such injuries." (Karter, Michael J and Molis, Joseph L., "Firefighter Injuries for 2005", NFPA Journal, page 81)

Lesson #25
When it comes to firefighter safety, developing standard operating guidelines with safety in mind, is paramount. The firefighter must accept personal responsibility to establish baseline safety and officers must assure firefighters are trained in and enforce the standard operating guidelines.

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DR. WILLIAM F. JENEWAY, CSP, CFO, CFPS, a 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. He has partipated the NVFC Corner podcasts on To read William's complete biography and view his archived articles, click here.