Extra pay for volunteer industrial fire brigade
I am currently attempting to establish an Industrial Fire Brigade at a small organic chemical plant where I am the ESH manager. My problem is that senior management doesn’t quite understand what is involved. I have been searching for what other companies pay extra for membership in a company’s industrial fire brigade. I am a volunteer member of our City combination department who has primary responsibility for the plant. The industrial brigade’s intended mission is for immediate personnel rescue and support of the City Department. Any feedback is appreciated
Industrial Fire Brigade / ERT
For 20 years we had a volunteer fire brigade that was trained Interior / exterior response, Hazmat tech for the chemicals on site, confined space rescue and first aid. We also had personel who did only med / support role.
Then it happened !!!!!!!
No new members, existing members getting more mature (old), no new hires
to canvas. How do you meet the OSHA and NFPA standard 2 in 2 out.
Then it happened!!!!!!!!
Plant manager made a commitment. We would have personnel on site 24/7 to respond to an incident. We reorganized the Brigade (Now called ERT - Emergency Response Team to reflect all that we do). Started paying $120.00 per month. Got most of the same volunteers to stay. Everyone on ERT has 2 year minimum commitment. Still not enough.
What to do?
Adopted policy that the junior medically qualified would become a ERT member. Has been interesting lat me tell you. Been almost two years now, still have ups and downs, but wouldn't trade the personnel I have for any others. Of course we will see what happens when the 2 yr commitment date rolls around and some will have the opportunity to leave. Hopefully most will stay.
Basic organization is 12 hr shifts. 8 ERT members per shift- have to have at least 4 ERT members on site when flammable operations are running.
Give me a holler if you want more info.