Options, Benefits, and Best Fits for Merging Fire DepartmentsAs the trend toward fire department mergers accelerates across the state, learn about the benefits of, and considerations for, merging fire departments. Participants will learn the various forms of fire department mergers, including consolidations, authorities, district-to-district transfers, and other unifications, and discuss which form best fits different fire department structures and needs.
The NFPA 1582 and ADA: Are They Compatible?Many Fire Departments follow the NFPA Standards, particularly NFPA Standard 1582 for physical fitness requirements. But can following such standards run afoul of your obligations to provide reasonable accommodation under the Americanswith Disabilities Act (ADA)? What else should you consider as you deal with an employee who does not meet the NFPA Standard 1582 requirements? What have Courts said about such standards when analyzing ADA cases brought by firefighters?
Addressing Firefighter Marijuana Use and Exposure in ColoradoRecently, unique issues have arisen for Fire Departments in Colorado whose firefighters have either been exposed to marijuana through the job or who have tested positive for marijuana through intentional or unintentional exposure. There are special considerations that Fire Departments need to take into account when adopting drug testing policies or conducting testing of its firefighters for marijuana.
In this presentation you will learn:
- Understanding of the current status of Colorado law governing marijuana and employees and awareness of any new trends
- Legal considerations you should take when drafting drug testing and drug exposure policies
- Tools for addressing these issues in the workforce and preparing creative policies to address some of the unique issues for firefighters