The Safety Division maintains a daily two person staff consisting of a Chief Safety Officer and a Fire Safety Officer. The Chief Safety Officer is responsible for the administrative day to day operation along with secondary response such that a Safety Professional may be at every major emergency in the city.
The Safety Division is active in defining new laws,
consensus standards, new technology and operating guidelines to maintain
efficient firefighting operations for the Fire Department; from Personal
Protective Equipment to Thermal Imaging to Driving Simulation, Fire Safety
Officers are instrumental in obtaining and evaluating new technological
advances in the fire service.
To date, the Safety Division has originated, submitted, and
provided the initial training on twenty five Standard Operating Guidelines.
The Safety Division teaches Safety as well as Substance Abuse policies to
all new employee Training Academies. A Fire Safety Officer is present at all
high hazard training exercises.
One of the major areas of activity by the Safety Division is facilitating medical treatment. Interaction with our Occupational Medical provider is crucial in obtaining the most cost efficient treatment for injured firefighters. Interaction with the City-Parish Risk Management Division is critical to minimize cost and lost man-hours for the Fire Department. The Fire Safety Officers immediate response to accidents and injuries along with documentation and reporting has minimized the City’s liability in contested claims. The Safety Division has realized significant savings in Workers Compensation cost by implementing a Wellness Program along with Temporary Modified Duty and Case Management for fire fighter injuries. This trend reduction is reflected in Workers Compensation claims for the following years.