PERI: Risk Assessment & Planning for Volunteer Fire Departments

Risk Management-Based Planning

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Risk management in the operational fire service involves evaluating hazards and planning to mitigate and respond. It also involves the appropriate implementation of various control measures to address these hazards. Planning is that function, which if done correctly, can make very precarious situations appear routine―and if done incorrectly, can make routine situations very precarious.

The goal of this Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) Symposium paper is to relate a real-life example of risk management to the planning function within a volunteer fire department. The author is F. Patrick Marlatt, Chief, Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. in Clarksville, MD and Associate Director, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

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