Section I-12

Department Confidentiality Policy

Purpose:  To ensure all Three Star Fire Department personnel understand the importance of patient confidentiality and adhere to the policy.

Scope:  This policy pertains to all Three Star Fire Department personnel who respond, read, observe or otherwise obtain private information or activities of personal nature with anyone whom the department interacts with during emergency, non-emergency, or fellow firefighters and their families. 

Policy:

Due to the nature of our duties, officers and firefighters of the Three Star Fire Department are often privy to sensitive, private, or personal information.  This may include (but is not limited to) private medical histories, exposure to crime scenes & criminal investigations, and observations made in private homes.  No member shall disclose or use any information or observations not in the public domain, gained by reason of official Three Star Fire Department duties, nor shall they use said information at any time for their personal gain or benefit, or for the personal gain or benefit of any other person(s) or enterprise.