Leading volunteers is an extremely difficult skill. And these days, the need for skilled leadership is even more challenging. The risk to our firefighters’ long-term health and welfare has increased exponentially in the era of COVID-19. The coronavirus contagion increases the threat to all public safety personnel, but it can be extremely concerning for volunteers. […]
WASHINGTON — FEMA has released an Exercise Starter Kit to help agencies transition into returning to full operations. The kit includes sample documents for organizations to conduct workshops and tabletop exercises to examine their readiness for a range of threats and hazards while reconstituting operations. The workshop materials build on the White House’s “Guidelines for […]
The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is posing a tremendous challenge to the U.S. healthcare system and first responder communities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several Emergency Use Authorizations for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizer systems to be used to decontaminate N95 respirators. The COVID-19 […]
The purpose of this policy is to establish the minimum qualifications for and specify the duties and responsibilities of, the Health and Safety Officer (HSO). Downloadable PDF here.