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Every department needs to have a document with the rules governing the department, and no matter whether you call it bylaws or a constitution, the principles are the same.
Power and Control
One of VolunteerFD.org’s members emailed me with a problem of a member taking over power within their department. He is not the first, and the problem of ‘who’s in charge’ is an issue throughout the industry.
Power and Control, Part 2
Earlier this week we looked at the types of power and how to control them. One of the key points of the discussion was that legitimate power needs to be strictly defined.
Cruisin for Solutions Recap
As I sit here in the cold, rainy, unpredictable weather of Connecticut, I cannot help but look forward to the next ‘Cruisin for Solutions’… We had a great week of fun and sun, oh yeah, and we learned quite a bit from each other.
Now that we are in the information age, privacy is becoming more and more of a concern. In order to protect privacy and curtail privacy infringements, the Federal Government enacted the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996."
OSHA Mandates Part 1: The Process
The Connecticut Fire Academy holds a week of classes every year called 'June School'. This year I had a day off, and decided to attend their OSHA mandates class. I have to say it was one of the most enlightening, and frightening classes I have ever attended.
OSHA Mandates, Part 2: The Facts
Last week we looked at how OSHA investigates your department, and today we will look at why. First and foremost, we need to understand that just being a volunteer department does not make us exempt from OSHA regulations. As a matter of fact, OSHA does not make a differentiation between paid and volunteer, as we are doing the same tasks.
Getting Behind the SERVE Act
Recently a bill was presented in both the US house and Senate entitled the SERVE act. SERVE stands for the Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteer Efforts Act of 2005.
When Dirty Laundry Goes Public
What happens when an internal battle goes public? The Southbury Ambulance Association is finding it out the hard way.
Firefighter diversity at risk at Ohio department