Fire Department Management and Liability Issues

Information Memo

Published: September 1, 2019

Fire Department Management and Liability Issues
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Outlines the structure of city volunteer or paid-on-call fire departments and their basic management challenges in personnel, finances, and facility safety. Discusses optional organization as a consolidated department, powers of volunteer fire relief association members contrasted with city fire department employees and the Insurance Services Office (ISO) fire protection rating system. Addresses common issues of voting for fire department membership, electing a fire chief, use of beer or alcohol in the fire hall, and contracts for fire service.

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