Firefighter Safety Institute Announces New Operational Risk Management Training


CENTENNIAL, Colorado – The Firefighter Safety Research Institute, a non-profit applied research firm, has announced a new Operational Risk Management training program for fire departments.

This program is designed to be used in the field to save firefighters lives and reduce injuries by using the principles and practices of Operational Risk Management (ORM). "Our program is based on the same successful application of ORM used by the U.S. military in combat operations, other high-risk occupations, and other fire departments around the world" said Bill Pessemier, CEO and former fire chief in Littleton, CO.

"The problem is that too many firefighters take too much risk for too little benefit. ORM training helps solve that problem." Pessemier said. The training provides a standardized decision-making process to assess the risk versus benefit of operations for all types of incidents from fires, to EMS, to hazmat. Pessemier also noted "This is a way to save a lot of money and that is important since fire departments are under enormous pressure to reduce costs."

The training is available online to individuals and departments and is designed to fit in to existing training schedules. And because they are a non-profit, departments may be able to get the training at no charge.

The Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s mission is to develop and deliver high quality, low cost training programs to the fire service that will reduce the human and economic cost of firefighter injuries and fatalities. Bill Pessemier is the former Fire Chief in Littleton, CO and was the fire and EMS incident commander at the Columbine incident.

For more information or to register for a free ORM Overview webinar please visit or call (303) 586-1767