Best Practices for Report Writing Webinar
The purpose of this session is to demystify the process of writing various types of reports that officers are asked to generate.
This session includes lecture, individual activities, and small group discussions and critiques.
Relevance - NFPA 1021 indicates the need for officers to be able to write reports as required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. This session provides writers in all positions clear guidance to steer them in their report-writing efforts.
Importance: Reports written by members of the fire service might be reviewed by a wide range of end users: attorneys, recipients of department services, internal quality assurance, training divisions, insurance companies, personnel who were evaluated by the writer, other departments involved in after action reviews, to name a few. Most departments provide no clear guidance about how to write report narratives. If a new officer were to ask three other experienced officers how to write a report narrative, in most departments he/she will receive three different answers. Clearer guidance is needed.
- Participants will be better prepared to write effective and professional documents using technology provided by the AHJ. (NFPA 1021 - 4.1.2)
- Participants will be better prepared to execute routine unit-level administrative functions, given forms and record management systems, so reports and logs are complete. (NFPA 1021 - 4.4.2)
- Participants will be equipped with sample templates that will lead to more complete and better-organized report narratives.
About the Speaker
Mary Sovick is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department, a national trainer on writing-related topics, an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy, an EFO paper evaluator, and an online instructor for Colorado State University. Mary presents writing seminars all over the country, speaks at conferences, edits various fire department projects, and assists with development and evaluation of written components for promotional exams. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire and EMS services.
Mary earned a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University and a master's level certificate in technical communications from the University of Denver. Mary is a past board member for ISFSI and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development. She is currently a member of IAFC's Professional Development Committee.