Class Description

This is a must course for all emergency services personnel. In today’s society we have become more vulnerable to litigation than ever before, as evidenced by the number of lawsuits filed in PA against fire departments and ambulance services. The object of this course is to give you a working knowledge of the various statutes, case law decisions and ordinances that directly affect the operation of volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance organizations. The class is structured so as to help you understand the general legal ramifications of your office, as well as your fire department’s basic operations. Decisions are made, at the scene of an emergency, not only by officers, but by non-officers as well and these decisions will be subject to close scrutiny if a lawsuit is filed by some unhappy third party. In this day and age, one must be able to protect oneself on the fire ground legally, as well as physically.

Student Needs: Pen/pencil, notebook, department SOP’s, by-laws, and constitution

Prerequisite: None

Class Limit: 30 Students

Class Location

Crawford County Fairgrounds
13291 Dickson Rd
Meadville, PA 16335

Class Details

Dates: Sept 9-10, 2023

Times: 8:00 – 17:00 Sa, Su

Hours: 16 hrs


Kim Houser
Current Deputy Fire Chief, Greensburg Fire Department; Lawyer representing firefighters in Western PA 20+ years