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by Steven S. Wilder, Captain and Training Director for the Bradley (IL) Fire Department, and a Field Instructor With the Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois
Risk management is the responsible supervision of an activity, operation, or process so as to minimize the potential for loss, as well as to maximize safety for the involved individuals and teams. Risk management doesnëít just happen on the fireground or at the emergency incident. It begins at the fire station for firefighters, staff personnel, and visitors.
This book defines risk management and the aspects of loss, including safety committees, accident investigation, risk management on the fireground, and the issues surrounding sexual harassment. In addition, a five-step process is given to help you develop your departmentëís risk management program. Case studies are also provided to show examples of specific incidents and risk exposure.
Risk Management in the Fire Service will help you and your department understand risk management and the problems that you face. In addition, you will learn how you and your personnel can manage these problems to avoid confrontation and possible risk exposure in the future. Specific examples of common departmental loss exposures are given to further enhance your understanding of the potential problems.