Fire Response Considerations

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Topic:  Fire Response protocol

In a recent Safety Meeting, we discussed personnel regarding fire response during summer operations.  Concerns were brought up regarding the role of camp summer staff (including directors) in lieu of the hazards associated with responding to fires.  Check out the list after the break

1)      Inadequate training for summer staff regarding the use of equipment

2)      Electrical hazards are many, and too complicated for camp staff to disable (there isn’t just a ‘main’ switch to kill it)

3)      High voltage lines cannot be turned off by the maintenance crew, but only by the power company

4)      Fuel areas (i.e. propane tanks) require  a certain type of handling & awareness

5)      Staff and camper injuries are of greater concern than property deductibles on our insurance policies

As such, it is a recommendation that Camp Summer Staff (including Directors) be responsible solely for the following:

1)      Evacuation of all personnel to a safe location

2)      Preparation of a nurses/aid station for possible injuries

3)      Communication to 911, and with incoming EMS vehicles onto camp property

4)      Other support activities


1) Schedule an onsite evaluation with your local fire department during off-season to:

  1. a. View the layout of the property
  2. b. Identify hookup connections and access locations for water tanks, pools/lakes, ponds, dry hydrants, etc.
  3. c. Train maintenance staff on 20 minute response protocols

2) Make sure your locations have a 911 address

3) Consider installing exterior Fire Suppression systems periodically throughout the grounds


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About the author

Rick serves as the Director of Risk Management for Kanakuk Kamps, Kanakuk Ministries, and CircuiTree Solutions.

Rick is also a Senior Risk Consultant and subject matter expert in camps and youth protection providing specialized risk management solutions for camps, conference centers, ministries and outdoor adventure programs throughout the country.

Rick has certifications in risk management, Occupational Safety and Health, and swimming pool operations. He has over 23 years experience as a licensed Multi-line Insurance Broker. Various trainings include NOLS Risk Management training, Guide One certified commercial policy forms and coverage, Child Abuse Prevention systems, and Technical skills for high elements. Rick is also a author and conference speaker for organizations such as WRMC, CCCA, Ozark Sectional and Camp Risk Workshop. Rick is a member of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Society for Human Resources (SHRM), America Camping Association (ACA), and Christian Camp & Conference Association (CCCA).