I'm on a village fire department that has a fire department policy manual in need of revision/overhaul. I'm looking for types of policies that every fire department should have. Obviously, every department is not the same and it'll depend on the types of responses. The village has a population of approximatly 7500. The village is made up of 60% residential and 15% commercial and industrial. The fire department operates out of two stations with jump companies. Just looking for ideas.
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01-23-2013, 12:47 PM #1
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What are the types of policies a policy manual should have?
01-23-2013, 02:17 PM #2
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First of all, are you talking about a policy manual or a standard operating guidelines manual? They are 2 completely different things and should be seperate.“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Leo F. Buscaglia
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01-24-2013, 12:01 AM #3
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01-24-2013, 10:24 AM #4
"Policy" to me means stuff like personnel policies - hiring, disciplinary, etc. Human resources stuff.
They could also deal with practices like vehicle use, non-fire use of equipment, etc.
Other departments in your area are a good resource, as they may have already been vetted by the legal folks, which they should be.
As Fyred says, then there are the SOP/SOG/Best Practice documents - the stuff that guides us as we do our job. There are myriad resources on-line for that. Your neighbors are a good source so that you have consistent guidance - a boon if you run a lot of mutual aid.
There's no sense re-writing the book if someone else has written a perfectly usable version already. Minor tweaks to reflect your resources should be all it takes.Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
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