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• Changes in local government.
• New precedents established by legal decisions.
• Incidents requiring review.
• Demographic or economic changes to the community.
• Operating agreements with other agencies.
• Changes in departmental resources.
Once the SOPs have been reviewed, a department must
consider appropriate methods of disseminating the information
to the members at large. Leaving the implementation to one
member will lead to failure of the policies. Firefighters cannot
be held accountable to SOPs if they haven’t been informed of
the SOP. To ensure compliance and buy in, all employees must
have access to the SOPs. Consider multiple forms of media to
distribute the SOPs, such as printed and electronic.
On receiving new or revised SOPs, reading them may not be
enough. Training may be needed on the implementation of the
SOPs to clarify the content and intent to those involved, along
with identifying the desired competencies required of the SOP.
To ensure that the SOP has been reviewed and trained on, the
department should consider a formal acknowledgment process
or verification from each department member.
SOPs should be an ever changing, living document. Implementing a schedule to update SOPs allows an organization to
measure progress and make appropriate changes. Each department should consider an appropriate timeframe and establish
the best practices for SOP review. Providing for input from all
levels within the department will lead to buy in and compliance.
In addition, SOP revisions must be distributed throughout an
organization and acknowledged.
Once the information has been provided to the members, a
process to train the department on the additions or revisions
should be used. Being accountable to review and update SOPs
provides the framework for safe and efficient services along with
adding value to the community.
For additional information, review “Developing effective standard
operating procedures,” FEMA, U.S. Fire Administration, www.
Mullane, Mike, “Stopping Normalization of Deviance: A Safety Program,” http://
Calen Maningas is an 11-year veteran of the emergency and fire services and
is a lieutenant assigned to Station 3, technical rescue, for the Rapid City (SD)
Fire Department (RCFD). He has nationally recognized instructor certifications in swift water and rope rescue and has been awarded the South Dakota
VFW Fire Fighter of the Year. Currently heading a community risk reduction
pilot program, he has served as a member of the RCFD Strategic Planning
Committee, Human Relations Committee, and Public Education Team and
is part of the Standard Operating Procedures Review Committee. He has a
bachelor’s degree in fire administration and is completing the the National
Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer’s Program along with a master’s degree
in executive leadership.