The response capabilities fire protection and emergency services (FPES) organizations provide today have significantly changed since 1736 when Ben Franklin established the first fire department in Philadelphia. Franklin could never have imagined that fire emergency personnel donning personnel protective equipment (PPE), to include self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA), would one day be trained to the level they are today while responding on horseless machines capable of discharging water at great lengths, heights, and pressures, but they are.
Despite the most basic function of the fire service, “putting the wet stuff on the red stuff”, little has changed since Franklin founded the 'bucket brigade'. However, the way fire emergency service agencies are organized and managed has. Using our experience, we work with clients to evaluate and assess key functions that affect their emergency response capabilities (ERC).
We offer a variety of fire depaertment consulting services that can assist your organization.
Our consultation includes but is not limited to:
The role of firefighting has always been one involving high-risk. For decades, the number one Line of Duty Death (LODD) among firefighters was stress-related emergencies such as heart attacks. Today, it’s occupational cancer.
Emergency responders are aware that products of combustion are linked to cancer among firefighters. However, many firefighters are unaware they have been and continue to be exposed to something just as dangerous if not more, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of thousands of man-made chemicals linked to various forms of cancer and debilitating medical illnesses. PFAS has been detected in certain firefighting foams and firefighter turnout gear.
It is estimated that approximately 110 million Americans have been exposed to PFAS. Does your organization know what PFAS is? Does your organization use firefighting foam that may contain PFAS? What if anything is your organization doing to minimize or eliminate exposure to PFAS? Does your organization have policies in place regarding PFAS?
AFSO21 is ready to offer fire department consulting support to your organization with developing and maintaining an education program regarding PFAS and create policies to protect personnel from unnecessary exposure to PFAS.
Training is critical towards the success of any organization; however, it is extremely important within fire protection and emergency service organizations. Unfortunately, for many organizations, establishing and maintaining an effective training and education program is time-consuming and costly.
Several key questions you should be asking about the training and education program within your organization include:
If you answered NO to any of the above questions, AFSO21 can help. Applying our 34 years of fire protection and emergency services experience, we can provide fire department consulting support and assist emergency service providers with creating and maintaining an effective fire training and education program that will enhance professional development among your organization’s personnel while increasing service effectiveness within your community.
Applying our fire protection and emergency services experience, we support emergency service providers with ensuring general human resources administration practices are in place and are consistent with local, state/provisional, and federal statutory and regulatory requirements as well as industry standards.
Additionally, we support emergency service providers with planning systems to attract, select, retain, and promote qualified staff in accordance with applicable local, state/provisional, and federal statutory and regulatory requirements as well as industry standards.
Furthermore, we support emergency service providers with ensuring human resources development and utilization is consistent with your agency’s defined mission, goals, and objectives as well as being able to provide data on the utilization of your personnel. Other fire department consulting areas we support emergency service providers with identifying are personnel compensation and occupational health and safety risk management.
Utilizing current editions of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Community Risk Assessment: Standards of Cover in conjunction with their Fire and Emergency Service Self-Assessment Manual (FESSAM), we offer fire department consulting support to fire protection and emergency services with identifying the following:
While providing fire department consulting support, AFSO21 assists fire protection and emergency services clients to develop strategic and operational plans that align to change. Whether utilizing a predictive or adaptive approach, the desired outcome remains the same; ensure value is delivered in the most simplistic and cost-effective manner possible.
Applying our fire protection and emergency services experience, we support emergency service providers with evaluating their financial condition and determine their ability to fund operational priorities, as well as identifying their organization’s prognosis for long-term quality of service.
Areas of fire depaertment consulting financial evaluation consist of:
We can discuss with your organization's leadership to assist with the creation and management of a department budget specific to your needs and services to be delivered.