3. Risk Management

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Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical and planning responsibilities.

This initiative incorporates a range of components that relate to our ability to safely conduct emergency operations in a high-risk environment. There is no question that firefighters are expected to work in environments that are inherently dangerous, however most risks and most of the specific dangers are well known.” The 3rd Initiative asks us to function safely in high-risk environments by implementing risk management controls wherever they can help reduce injuries and line-of-duty deaths.

Too many lives are lost in situations where the risks were not justified. The fire service understands risks, yet the same accidents, injuries and fatalities keep happening. Incidents must be managed with a constant awareness and balance between risks and desired outcomes. High risk is only acceptable when there is a real possibility of saving a life. Fire command must carefully measure and control risks to save valuable property that can be saved. It is not an acceptable risk to attempt to save lives or properties that are already lost. The fire service should remember that if something bad happens it miscalculated, and that we should never use “that’s the way it’s always been done” to ever except a line-of-duty injury or death.

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