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Engineer liability if involved in departmental accident

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  • Engineer liability if involved in departmental accident

    Does anyone's department make the engineer of an apparatus share some of the deductible or costs after being involved in an apparatus accident, regardless of severity?

    Curious as to how other places handle these situations.

    As an example, our drivers may be liable up to $500 if fault is found.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    I don't see how it could legally be possible.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."


    • #3
      Yeah, it basically turns out that the engineers are responsible for paying the deductible on the insurance policy.


      • #4
        Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
        I don't see how it could legally be possible.

        Yeah...hence the question...lol


        • #5
          Originally posted by Dirtysnatchlifter1414 View Post
          Yeah...hence the question...lol
          Are you union? Have the Local President draft a letter to the Fire Chief and CC the City Manager and City Solicitor asking for a copy of the policy, and an explanation as to who, why and how it was written. Ask for them to cite legal presidence showing that it is legal. Circulate it to the IAFF District Representative, too.
          "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."


          • #6
            Personally, I'd be more worried about personal criminal and/or civil liability for injuries and deaths.

            Not to discount the original point. Just sayin.


            • #7
              Originally posted by fire5555
              Do the police have to pay the same, if they wreck a car???
              Yes they do. A cop friend of mine had her wages reduced over a few paychecks to cover the liability.

              The policy states that any accident over $500 will go to a review board, and that board will determine the amount, if any, that the driver is liable to reimburse the city.

              We have a "union", but were in a right to work state...so that's a whole other issue we are dealing with.


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