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An important skill set that the modern fire service leader needs involves understanding the law and legal issues that impact our profession. I offer a range of training programs individually and through my association with Public Agency Training Council.

The PATC programs include:  [note: see bottom of this page for classes already scheduled]

Fire Department Administrative Investigations & Discipline – 2 day course for chiefs and officers who may have to investigate misconduct by firefighters. The class is also important for union officials who need to understand how to protect members during an internal investigation. The program looks at the causes for disciplinary problems and strategic steps departments can take to manage disciplinary issues. Due process, Weingarten, Garrity and firefighter bill of rights laws are also covered. The class can lead to certification as an internal affairs/professional standards investigator.

Leading Fire Departments in the Digital Age – 2 day class focused on the cutting edge technology-driven problems that fire departments face – from social media and digital imagery to emails and computer privacy issues. The program also addresses legal issues associated with electronic surveillance in the workplace, the ability of emergency responders to restrict photo taking by citizens at incident scenes, and the application of public records laws to emails and digital information.

Fire Department Leadership: The Law and Legal Issues - 2 day fire service leadership program that explores the challenges that come from law suits and the threat of litigation. The focus is on how remain committed to visionary leadership without having your leadership agenda hijacked by liability concerns. The course includes a table-top exercise designed to evaluate a department’s preparedness for litigation.

Firefighter Misconduct:  The Company Officer’s Role & Responsibility – One day program that combines discipline, leadership, and ethics training with an overview of the  challenges posed by digital imagery and social media. This fast-paced class examines the role that firehouse culture plays in misconduct and offers concrete solutions to officers to avoid derailing their careers while protecting their subordinates.

  • Leadership and ethical decision-making
  • Discipline in the Fire Service
  • Digital Imagery & Photo Taking
  • Social Media in the Fire Service

 

I also offer customized training on the following leadership and law related topics:

  • Digital imagery and social media
  • First Amendment
  • Firefighter Misconduct: the company officer’s role and responsibility
  • Fire officer’s legal primer
  • Leadership case studies
  • YCMTSU
  • Emails, Electronic Communications and Workplace Privacy
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Hazing, pranks and bullying
  • Firefighter occupational safety and health
  • Report writing and documentation
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Collective bargaining
  • Legal update – Arson
  • Legal update – Fourth Amendment
  • Legal update – Fire Scene Spoliation
  • Firefighters and the right to remain silent
  • Liability trends and traps
  • Leadership & liability
  • Public Records Law in the Digital Age

If you are interested in hosting a class in your area, please contact me at jcatlaw@aol.com.

 

Please join me at one of the following  PATC open-enrollment programs:

 

Leading Fire Departments in the Digital Age

September 11-12, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida hosted by Volusia County Fire Rescue

Details / Register

 

Leading Fire Departments in the Digital Age

October 1-2, 2014 in Marlton, New Jersey hosted by Evesham Fire-Rescue.

Details / Register

 

Fire Department Administrative Investigations and Firefighter Discipline

November 13-14, 2014 in Mustang, Oklahoma hosted by the Mustang Fire Department

Details / Register

 

Leading Fire Departments in the Digital Age

November 17-18, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas hosted by the Kansas City Fire Department.

Details / Register

 

Fire Department Administrative Investigations and Firefighter Discipline

December 1-2, 2014 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina hosted by Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue.   

Details / Register

 

Fire Department Administrative Investigations and Firefighter Discipline

December 10-11, 2014 on Hanover Park, Illinois hosted by the Hanover Park Fire Department.   

Details / Register

 

This list does not include trade shows, conferences or contract work. It only includes open enrollment programs.

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