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Firefighter Training Drill: When Is a Safety Officer Due to Respond?

Fire drill by Forest Reeder Fire department policy and procedure should identify specific types of incidents in which a safety officer is due to respond or should be assigned by the incident commander (IC). If no safety officer is assigned to an incident, the IC is responsible for completing the tasks that the safety officer would perform. Qualifications for the safety officer need to be defined as part of the policy but in general, the safety officer must be trained to at least the same level of those who are operating at the incident. The best case scenario would include having a safety officer assigned at all incidents where members operate in an IDLH atmosphere. At all incidents, stan...

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