01-23-2013, 11:47 AM #1
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What are the types of policies a policy manual should have?
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.
01-23-2013, 01:17 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.Crazy, but that's how it goes
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01-23-2013, 11:01 PM #3
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01-24-2013, 09:24 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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