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Firefighter Training Drill: Safety Officer: Defensive Operations

By Forest Reeder For the incident safety officer, exterior operation duties have specific hazards that extend beyond establishing and protecting collapse zones. In conjunction with the incident commander and division, group, and company Officers, many injuries and fatalities can be avoided by enforcing specific safety procedures. The safety officer must proactively and quickly determine where the most hazardous operations are going to occur and work outward from that point. Consideration of the following major areas will help identify the safety officer duties during defensive firegrounds. Collapse xones Water supply and fire stream impact on structure Exposure protection (consider offen...

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