Did you know that that the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) makes 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 a Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Leadership Conference 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. While participation as a KLCIS member has many benefits, these policies, as well as model policies for law enforcement, are available to all fire services in Kentucky, whether or not they are KLCIS members.
“This is the right thing to do for cities,” said Howard Rosewell, KLCIS Senior Property Risk Engineer. “It’s an investment on our part to create these policies but we want all cities to be able to benefit from improved policy and safety measures."
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. Steve Riggs, Senior Associate with LLRMI, has over 39 years of experience in fire investigations and training. Steve monitors court cases throughout the country to identify new trends in lawsuits that involve fire departments.
These model policies are created to be in coherence 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 city’s 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. Also watch for articles in KLC DirectLine, KLC’s weekly enewsletter, which will feature information about other critical policies available through KLC.
If you have any questions Model Policies for the Fire Service, email Howard Rosewell, Senior Property Risk Engineer at KLCIS, or call him at 800-876-4552.