Development and Implementation of a Fire Department Comprehensive Risk Management Program [open pdf - 88KB]
"The research contained in this paper outlines the components and factors influencing comprehensive risk management. An outline of the risk management process identifies five necessary steps to develop, implement and evaluate a program. Seven elements that comprise a program are reviewed. A listing of loss potentials present in the fire service demonstrates the significant challenges a department faces in managing risk. Discussion of private industry approaches to risk management provides a comparison that benefits a department looking for success examples. Challenges faced by a department initiating a risk management program demonstrate the enormity of effort required to be successful in managing the program. A risk program development overview provides guidance for administrators considering moving forward with development of a comprehensive program. Through the use of descriptive and evaluative research and observations related to private industry and government risk management practices, an overview of successful and unsuccessful strategies is presented. Literature review of risk management theory, principles and practice provides a framework for understanding the importance of effective risk management and consequences of inappropriate or deficient application of management principles. "
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/