Date of Issue: 3-11-97
Effective Date: 4-1-97
Developed By: Earl Obelenus
Issued by Authority of:
Earl Obelenus, Fire Chief
To establish the guideline
to minimize the potential for firefighter injuries.
All fire department personnel.
The fire chief is responsible
for the safety of all firefighters.
The safety officer is responsible
to oversee the safety program and serve as an aide and resource to the
fire chief both administratively and on the emergency scene.
All fire officers within
the chain of command will direct personnel within these established guidelines.
All firefighters will adhere
to the following guidelines.
While firefighting is one
of the most dangerous occupations, there is control over much of what and
how the firefighters complete their tasks. A comprehensive safety program
can assess risks and to minimize injury or death.
1. All personnel on the
fireground will wear protective clothing. If responding on the apparatus,
the protective clothing will be in place prior to leaving the station.
Protective clothing consists of (turnout coat, turnout pants, fire service
boots, nomex hood, helmet, firefighter gloves).
2. While responding to an
incident, the engineer has the option to wear or not to wear his protective
clothing. Once he has established his initial flows, he will don his protective
clothing in case he is required to assist in any other fireground activities.
3. The maximum manning on
Engine 43 and Ladder 43 is 6 (six). NO personnel will be permitted to ride
the tailboard, hosebed, side step or top crosswalk of the apparatus.
4. Upon crossing the curbline
or otherwise designated safety zone, personnel will be required to have
full protective clothing as stated in procedure1. Breathing apparatus (SCBA)
will be worn and utilized upon entering a structure or vehicle that is
reportedly on fire or otherwise contaminated.
5. Upon extinguishment of
the fire and the determination that the fire is out, overhaul should begin.
Once overhaul has been completed to the point below which injurious conditions
to the respiratory system have been reduced, SCBA’s may be removed. This
decision will be made by the safety officer after informing the incident
6. Any injury occuring on
the fireground or training exercise shall be reported to the safety officer
and the officer in charge. Necessary medical attention will be given depending
on the degree of the injury by medical personnel on sight or the injured
person will be removed to a medical facility by ambulance. An incident
form will be completed as soon as possible by the safety officer or officer
7. When responding to a
motor vehicle fire, the apparatus should be positioned, if possible, in
front of the vehicle, away from the gas tank by approximately 75’. Not
less than (1)—11/2” line will be deployed.
8. All personnel actively
involved in a motor vehicle rescue or any incident with the potential for
contact with blood or any body fluids, latex gloves must be worn under
leather or fire gloves. Latex gloves are on the apparatus.
9. Full protective clothing,
including SCBA’s will be worn on all potential HAZMAT incidents. Apparatus
and personnel should be positioned up wind. HAZMAT incident should be identified
prior to any action being taken.
10. All personnel responding
in private vehicles or driving department apparatus shall conform to the
Pa. Department of Motor Vehicle regulations.
11. When apparatus is required
to back up, the officer will be assigned to observe the rear of the apparatus.
Of particular concern is when the apparatus is backing into the station.
When the apparatus is in position to begin backing up, and the officer
is at the rear of the engine within view of the engineer, traffic will
be stopped in both directions to allow for safe maneuvering. All “warning
lights” will be in operation while backing into the station.
A. If the apparatus is to
be backed into the station from the apron and no personnel are available
to watch while it’s being backed in, the engineer will do a complete walk
around to make sure the area is clear to back in, all compartment doors
closed and “safety chock” is in place on the apparatus floor to prevent
the apparatus from being backed in too far.
13. For additional “safety”
procedures refer to other guidelines on specific situations.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINES
This is a new guideline
on this subject matter and does not supersede any previous memo or guideline
on this subject matter.