Model Policies for Fire Service

KLCIS Provides Model Policies for Fire Service

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Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) is making available model policies that address 62 tasks or operational areas for the fire service. The policies are designed to help fire departments control liability exposures and have been coordinated with NFPA Standards and KRS Statutes. The policies were introduced at the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Leadership Conference in Bowling Green on January 25 and 26 where fire chiefs voiced overwhelming support and need for the model policies particularly for accreditation or ISO classification purposes.

Fire Departments should have policies that address critical functions in the administration and operation of their departments. However, writing these policies and updating them to keep pace with ongoing court decisions takes a great deal of time. Many departments, especially smaller paid and volunteer departments, lack policies for this very reason. Even larger departments struggle to keep their policies up to date as our judicial, social, and cultural landscape rapidly changes.

The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) has contracted with the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute (LLRMI) to provide Kentucky Fire Departments to provide 62 tasks or operational areas for the fire service. The policies are designed to help fire departments control liability exposures and have been coordinated with NFPA Standards and KRS Statutes.

This contract is an ongoing investment by KLCIS into the Fire Services of the Commonwealth, as these policies will be updated as the legal environment for the fire service evolves.  The policies were written by Curt Varone, Director of Fire Services for LLRMI, who was also the featured speaker at the Kentucky Association of Fire Chief’s Leadership Conference this past January. Curt has over 40 years of fire service experience and 28 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and writes the Fire Law column for Firehouse Magazine.

These model policies are created to be in harmony with NFPA Standards and Kentucky Revised Statutes and Kentucky Administrative Regulations.  They are available in MS Word to allow for customization to fit in with your existing policies. We do not recommend changes that would alter the intent of the policy, but because Fire Departments are so different organizationally, changes may be necessary to fit the structure of your individual department.

KLCIS has partnered with the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs to assist in the distribution of these policies in the Commonwealth. If your Fire Chief is not a member of the KAFC, we encourage you to contact them about membership. One of the best ways to learn and improve is through interaction with your peers. Future articles in KLC DirectLine will feature a “policy of the month” to make you aware of critical policies that are at your disposal.

If you have specific questions about any of the policies, please contact Curt Varone of LLRMI at jcatlaw@aol.com. For general questions, email Howard Rosewell, Property Specialist at KLCIS, or call him at 800-876-4552.

For more information contact Howard L. Rosewell, Jr. CSP, ARM at KLC, 859-977-3700.