FIIRE Pilot Program Requirements – Year One

Fire Departments that participate in the FIIRE Pilot Program Year One will be eligible for a premium rate reduction of 10% for risk class 6904 during Pilot Year One.

Fire Departments that did not participate in the Pilot Review Quarter prior to Year One enrollment must review their Fire Department's worker’s compensation costs and assess their safety and health programs using the Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP) survey.

FIIRE Program Elements and Timeline

During Pilot Year One, all participating Fire Departments commit to:

Letter of Intent
  • Make a decision regarding participation in the FIIRE Pilot Program in coordination with the department’s fire chief, designated union official, and jurisdictional authority.
    • Decision to participate in Year One of the FIIRE Pilot Program:
      • Submit a Letter of Intent signed by the department’s fire chief, designated union official, and jurisdictional authority.
      • Submit an Application and sign a Memorandum of Participation
    • Decision to not participate in Year One of the FIIRE Pilot Program:
      • Submit letter declining participation, including information on the basis for decision
Self-assessment
Strengthen safety committee
  • Strengthen safety committees by participating in L&I provided proactive risk management training to improve the ways in which hazards are assessed and mitigated.
  • Optimize safety committee activities based on training, including applying proactive risk management principles to hazard identification, incident investigations, and injury/near-miss reporting.
Safety Improvement Plan
  • Develop and implement a tailored Safety Improvement Plan (SIP) that integrates self-assessment results, risk management training, and safety and health best practices to address carcinogen exposures and musculoskeletal disorders such as those related to patient transport and equipment handling.
  • Actively monitor and adjust the SIP for effectiveness.
Return to Work Programs
  • Develop plans to incorporate Return to Work, including consideration of the Stay at Work incentive program, to improve outcomes for injured fire fighters and mitigate time-loss costs to the department.
Firefighter Health and Safety Collaborative
Quarterly Reporting
  • Submit four quarterly progress reports and an end of year report to L&I.

Timeline

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FIIRE Timeline Chart document

FIIRE Grant Program

About the FIIRE Grant Program

The Firefighter Injury and Illness Reduction (FIIRE) Grant Program awards grants to employers of firefighters to purchase additional equipment or gear to implement safety and health best practices. The grant program is part of the FIIRE Initiative Pilot, a two-year safety initiative to reduce incidence of firefighter occupational injuries and illnesses through proactive risk management and implementation of best practices.

A key requirement of the FIIRE pilot program is the development and implementation of a Safety Improvement Plan (SIP). Each fire department’s SIP will be based on self-assessment results, risk management training, and safety and health best practices to address carcinogen exposures and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

The FIIRE Grant Program, provides funding to FIIRE pilot program participants to purchase equipment or gear to help them implement their SIP. The funds can be used to purchase equipment or gear used to mitigate exposure to carcinogens or work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Resources

Use the resources on this page as you participate in the FIIRE program. For general information about fire fighting health and safety, see our fire fighting industry page.

Accident Prevention Program

Carcinogen Reduction Best Practices

Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

Return to Work Program/Policies

Safety Committee

Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP)

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