As an incident safety officer, what observations and information do you need to monitor the progress of crews working at an incident? Another function that the safety officer performs while they are completing scene surveys and monitoring of incident conditions is to evaluate the progress of fire suppression activities.
Knowledge of suppression activities is key to this function. The safety officer must be aware of factors that indicate progress, crew location and operational needs of the companies to evaluate the effectiveness of the operation. Progress reports from crews along with visual cues will often provide feedback.
Consider the indicators of company progress that are provided and answer the sample scenarios as if you were the incident safety officer at a fire scene. Consider that crews are operating in IDLH areas that are toxic in smoke, high in temperature, and low in visibility.
ALSO IN THIS SERIES
- Safety Officer Drill: Monitoring Scene Operations and Conditions
- Safety Officer: Monitoring Incident Communications
- Safety Officer: Initial Scene Duties
- Safety Officer: Basic Duties
- Safety Officer: Prioritize Hazards
Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Division Chief of Training & Safety for the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. He is a past recipient of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) prestigious George D. Post Instructor of the Year award and has been responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service firefighter training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.