All,

At a time when cities and jurisdictions are going to be looking at the fiscal impact of the pandemic, in some areas nothing is off the table when it comes to cuts—unfortunately. Furthermore, when this kinda stuff comes up, there are those who will want to “dig deep” into agencies, such as their fire and EMS department, to see how they can do more with less. Yay. 

If I were to gauge and add up the amount of times city hall dwellers in my career asked us to do more with less, at this point, we’d be paying them for the privilege of working. 

Sorry. 

Didn’t mean to get distracted. Refocus. 

Undoubtedly these are tough times, and often driven by emotions. And that is precisely why facts are so critical right now-especially as firefighters, officers, chiefs and labor leaders may be called to task on “saving” money and making cuts.

Specifically, – new research puts the economic impact of Firefighter injuries at $1.6 billion to $5.9 billion annually-a staggering sum that, due to the lack of available data, doesn’t fully capture the full effect such injuries have on firefighters, their families and their departments. 

Better understanding Firefighter injuries is critical for reducing the physical and economic impact they have. And a better understanding how (or why) injuries occur—often times due to lapses in training, policy, leadership and staffing—can lead to a clearer understanding of why departments cannot afford cuts. 

JOIN IN ON TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020 1300 EASTERN, 1000 PACIFIC

A NO COST LEXIPOL WEBINAR ON THE COST OF FIREFIGHTER INJURIES:

Join Lexipol and the below panel of some wonderful folks who are noted fire service data experts, for insight into what they know about firefighter injuries, how you can collect information to better understand the problem, and how you can use policies, solid practices and the facts to reduce firefighter injuries. And costs. 

THE PANELISTS:

=Lori Moore-Merrell, DrPH, MPH, President & CEO, International Public Safety Data Institute  

=Jennifer A. Taylor, PhD, Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST), Drexel University School of Public Health

=Amanda Kimball, Executive Director, Fire Protection, Research Foundation

You’ll Learn:

=Key statistics about the rate, type and costs of firefighter injuries and exposures. 

=Actions local fire service leaders can take to improve firefighter injury and exposure data collection.
=2 assessment tools local leaders can use to gain an objective look at their risk for firefighter injuries.
=Specific fire department policies that can help reduce firefighter injuries and associated costs.

As so many departments are getting ready to face some huge fiscal challenges, join Lori, Jennifer and Amanda for a powerful discussion and insight on how facts (not emotion) can lead to a better understanding of the costs-cost reduction and savings. 

SIGN UP HERE:

https://info.lexipol.com/webinar-cost-of-firefighter-injuries-tsl

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 5/6/2020-0800 Hours 

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