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The Fire Safety Officer: Roles and Responsibilities

Tue, 6 Mar 2012|

This free training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation deals with challenges and considerations for safety officers on the fireground.

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Good morning today's -- were beyond the although -- safety officer. Soaring on the -- incident would topic to be covering today will be sixteen safety consideration. Special operations. The role prior to the incident. The role -- -- the incident the challenges that the state Childress who will be facing and more importantly wanted to rolls falling for the sake it was that after. The incident. Door and all lodge incidents density commanded ultimately responsible for the whole operation. On specially do a large complex incidents. Safety responsibilities abroad -- delegated from from the as the -- down. NFPA 1521. To fly to safety almost a role. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That -- to protect the firefighters. And -- Make sure are pretty safe to -- a large scale or type operations. More firefighters and getting killed on -- And we have to stop that prevent that from happening. Having -- say you -- to reduce the injuries and deaths of firefighters. Doria accident as the commander set up their command staff. Takeovers has won the first -- primary positions that need to be pointed right away this this position and -- Then these duties of the position make a while -- a lot safer and easier. What -- summit duties of the safety -- seen rehabilitation. And is initiated as sustained with that means is when when you get to a scene of all of a large scale incident. Rehabilitation. Offices thought -- set up. We get water to get a five -- blood pressures to make sure everybody safe org adorning operation. The state doubles also monitors. Conditions -- the hazards associated with the building order vehicle. With -- materials that's a few officers costly monitoring the whole scene and see what the state -- the safety of the incidents going on. Personnel accountability. That's where we make sure it all firefighters and handing it over -- it adds. He has accountability of what firefighters are inside complex what firefighters -- -- want to make sure to wall accounted for. Insuring an -- -- -- and an action plan. IP rubio is your game plan -- your your strategy for next period. That's saved jobs and make sure that operation is safe for that period it could be a long. I'll process will -- -- for a loss. Hi there. You can -- he -- take notice and make sure everybody stay put up period of time we're out -- the -- looking put out -- -- Risk assessment dialogue that the state that was gonna do do an assessment of this but of the building may should up all the conditions and say he would be doing complete risk assessments. Identify safety collapse and hot zones and people noticed jockeys can be setting up. The area would have fire apparatus should be placed so nothing happened there is a collapse worst state -- -- all the safety officer. Marketing vehicle traffic more -- -- to hurt injured. I'm seeing the motor vehicle accident people who -- not sitting up traffic -- We're not sitting up traffic patterns to protect ourselves to say to you a possible model could actually make sure who work in conjunction with the local PD -- Police department to make sure that their traffic patterns are set up to go bypassed us we're not getting -- -- what else. Molecule radio communications. -- making sure there's no made -- being thrown at -- it's in the community previous bout. Our home state to also make sure that he's listening to -- operation for the people who -- -- hand line to make sure that there -- all slaves. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- An additional safety officer. You're working on a fifteen story high -- you might -- 34 different safety offices to work in conjunction with the made safety officer. -- what's going on each wanted to flaws. And obviously the -- wanted to evaluate aircraft operations if we -- walking on air field. The make sure that the -- -- said to be watching planes land they go up. -- will make sure everybody safe. One -- would talk about right now which is seen safety considerations what are those considerations. That regard to a state -- his mind to wanna cut to -- the operation. The special knowledge of state -- should possess -- be firefighters strategy and tactics. Will be on will be useful plastic and it particulates and understand appointments SOPs and that's surgeries on his status -- and operational procedure. All that local -- appointment and it mutually diplomas coming ahead. Understand how we're gonna pull lines what what what -- -- -- people and things of that nature. Good thing for -- understand is building construction you'd have to know. What do wood frame construction how flyers affect wood frame. Compared to heavy timber compared to Obama makes very building -- -- -- was -- have to understand -- know -- knowledge. All constructions to when he's got the scene. He can protect us a lot better. Fire behavior and -- load is all -- what state -- to should be studying and learning about. How to forcible entry how does a firefight -- -- a bit of forcible entry into a building safely. On the got to learn that actually go to maybe go to academies and take -- lectures them understand what how to do forceful entry. -- elation when the event -- -- event LA Russa Walt make this atrial whose job a lot he'd give you the good understanding of that. Self contained breathing apparatus of the PPE usage. I'll be especially going I had that in film understate -- -- that should have a great understanding of all parts of protective equipment. -- had matters -- what equipment at what level equipment should be done and should be one. Climate climatic conditions weather conditions right now and -- you would deal with hot humid weather if you're outside it's the sub zero weather. -- jobs -- understand that affects all of the weather conditions on the fly a -- -- On safety at the -- adorn the operation. We're putting -- how we're setting -- -- is up at the feisty. To make sure that we know will putting -- -- it is proper location for. Egress -- we have to bail out on the second floor or third floor and a big issue is establishing control in zones. Hot -- calls on the one Hazmat incidents. And collapsed on storm structural fires make sure it we're all set up and what good locations to Nolan gets hurt nobody gets injured. I think I mentioned before is that commanded you to select a safety office of what -- -- characteristics. The safety officers should be -- a person that would say -- the command that has the utmost respect for up. And it hasn't. -- most. Knowledge of the five service understands -- Needs to be done and how -- that be done safely. Not everybody -- -- that are all the safety opposite. That's why some are what this the -- that command that selects -- one Pryor or incidents knowing who's going to be safety -- Education. -- -- reading and updating you -- manuals. -- safety operation on building construction. Things -- that that will make it -- put into the command of the select who's going to be a safety office. Think -- office's role on C consideration. Forces while loads. How much is Max -- being produced inside that building inside apple idea. I would think he's got to know about file of the -- it has in the fire a low potentials. And -- last not least knowledgeable aid operation I would and and a lack of heavy -- -- Forcible entry auditor of state your responsibility. Is understand it techniques how it -- -- -- door properly. You don't get hurt there's no back draft on a firefighter. And understand the hazards of opening up doors and opening up windows. -- an operation. Other invention in early April -- of the -- of the state -- was going to be considering. Is on ventilation. I -- understand the ventilation principles yes understand the effects of improper ventilation how will affect the firefighters inside on hand line. And thirdly understand the negative and positive pressure ventilation what it will be effects of that. Negative all the pressure ventilation with that we've done improperly. -- affect actually hurt and killed -- prize inside that building. Evacuation procedures. Essentially -- all types is -- we need to understand how to evacuate the firefighters. Understanding deposited in your community had. But is ordering the evacuation -- of accurately its order for me is -- -- to to blasted a hole on three blasts or whatever. That's eight euros is not understand that policy -- -- up policy. Notifying using personnel effect effectively that is -- -- thought he uses rapid dimension Kean junior -- -- We have to start evacuated firefighters. And establishing a relocation area. We'll have an area out nearby possibly do evacuate the state -- -- into accountability. Of those firefighters. Who were taken now. Well I think this day -- listen you did on evacuation and make sure the building is -- and properly. Make sure there is second allowed a for a second means that you grace for the firefighters on the second floor. Self contained breathing apparatus and personal protective equipment as TBA PP eight. That's say Joseph -- -- community has to understand the policy for the community on on their -- TBA rules we have federal guidelines of state guidelines. The -- it was a should be good understanding of what each policy is to wearing a mask at all times. Bomb but make sure that it reinforces that I don't wolf as an individual firefighters all wearing a -- -- The -- and repair parts effective equipment. Climatic conditions -- had an adverse effect on officers firefighters. Maintain constant awareness of the changing temperatures. Extreme temperatures and humidity and -- a very difficult thing to do make sure the firefighters are hydrated properly it going hot humid weather. Freezing rain and snow obviously he would get hypothermia don't -- call whether -- -- should do all warm. I have a warm air when they come out -- -- place they can stand by and stay warm they get rehab. And high winds make sure it is there's no highways because safety blown off -- tree branches become -- had firefighters to adorn all types of weather -- the safety of slipped past have a good understanding -- what. Negative -- that weather conditions beyond how's fire -- -- Doherty is in the as the commander would tell aerial operations. Set up ground -- -- set up the aerial. The -- -- understand where the placement is aerials -- going to be up against the building is in the collapse zone. These are things -- -- source asked the walker ran a mile to make sure and then during the same period of for operation. Ensuring that statement I said before ensuring safety ground ladders to the second -- so it -- firefighter has the media -- to get out on the second floor. Stab -- -- controlled zone is a big issue put a fire safety officer. It allows -- personal accountability. Collapse zone so based on building high at construction tighten controls on -- in this scene management. Say -- you can actually help the C management what these controlled zones make sure nobody's -- and dangerous situations. And -- -- potential collapse. Today five services like our grandparents we have totally different to operations -- -- responding to go. I had his material incidence emergency medical mass casualty. Tech rescue confined space. Structural collapse high angle actually occasion these all new things -- we're facing now update -- -- How does materialism what does the safety -- -- that bad incident he's gonna make sure it will read a proper PP he's get a good understanding of the chemicals that we're facing. And make sure these chemicals ought to wind damage on -- equipment that we were using and to protect us -- emergency medical mass casualty to make sure there was no. Disease of being presented no HIV eight that no blood was projected -- -- -- exposed us. Mass casualty we have potential now for terrorist events -- mass casualty opera that's kind of the operation. The sick of it and understand how to get all these casualties too good -- hospital to make sure it will gone done safely. Tech rescue confined space to make sure the five -- -- on an area it's unsafe. They should be enough oxygen going down and there structural collapse make sure there's not additional. Collapses going on what try to get the victims out. High angle route rescue and education -- all of those things of the state Phillips has got to have a good understanding about. To where it will do its operations safely. Where does it require to have safety offices well each municipality has state board -- the follow in the mandated by. Check -- state make sure you mandated that one and set one up. OSHA requires that we're going to certain operations and -- -- -- hasn't through operations got to have a safety officer. And a National Fire Protection Association also requires -- have a safety officer these requirements that the dictate to us that we need to have it. And but overall overall safety the firefighters it's a great practice to continue to happen. If you're assigned to the sick of -- -- -- the commander in chief for the former what I some your role you're going to be don't want. You know I got to fly -- hazard -- risk location in your community to make sure if you have a good pre plan all that this this is specific facility. Our review and develop -- -- is that a plan for what that facility. We view it develops an operation procedures that pertain to start location movie I wristed a firefighter. They sure adoption implementation into the management system and make sure everybody understands I CS system away your role is an ice yes system. Conduct research and development relate the -- strategy and tactics. When your community is only potentials you -- -- safety -- -- -- they go out actually study that community. To make sure -- you can get better strategy tactics what is the commander. And make sure it's done safely. Sick to death matter practices what ought to best practices on this so many different re trying to do what the flyers servers but you -- to take that. Pacific. That it would hear him make to your community to make sure -- operationally safe. And -- technologies are out they ought to use of cameras ought to use of a thermal imaging cameras. The use of computers how he's gonna make your job -- -- -- easier and make it safer -- -- firefighters on the scene. We discussed all that -- aspects of the safety officer. We'll be quiet you have it -- set up what are exactly the -- of the state doors at this scene. The important point well that's sick of to have to coordinate into the -- On the operations to constant communication between it is the command that at -- safety officers essential to make sure you have a good operation going on. Yes understanding is that an action where there's going to be one the next 24 hour period they should operation is safe and -- protected. -- this -- safety size up the make sure to building state what of the committee collapses and it. When you get -- your thought this ridiculous -- -- act which reached sixty around that building and look at look at all the talking to windows look at the roof. Look at the wall make -- and say to a face. We put what that's I think that make -- it is the command is now he is thought doing better strategy and tactics with US safety information you're given to him. -- establish controls -- -- imagining what the -- hasn't carelessness set up controls on the hot won't call set up that collapsed on the make sure we're safe. Set up to rehab center to make sure we can we come out of a place we can rehab. And hydrate properly. Established. Rapid intervention teams do we need to -- game went is that going to be set up where's -- -- be set up it's all part of state you else's responsibility. Provide advance and challenging conditions if you're the -- he'll do you realize things get worse as the progressively going on. Do any operation you -- notified that the incident commander and tell that the challenges -- -- -- -- But the communication I mentioned before you be listening to all the operation and help the people on the line. People -- roof people inside the building you know make sure there are things going on -- operation is safe. Not like lots of vehicle traffic make sure we're not being -- it might cause a traffic flow patterns around the world protected. Thank you -- assess the risk of of the operation. Make sure it continually gone on and on throughout the operation that will -- -- -- the risks risks to have control. What are the challenges of we have fake -- -- facing. One of them is to recognize and how conditions are changing. You got a mile to make sure the primary search is completed the he would out on the radio understandable that he had the -- -- knocked down now I'll walk at the fly been. Got greater or -- inside the building. Patient -- -- -- education is completed at the pages have been removed from the vehicles. I have gone -- is going to the hospital to make sure that is -- and you'll find out that materials have been contained confined to -- location. Manage your risk that the important thing that the fire safety officer -- understand. Why I think you do would -- effective -- the personal skills and to talk to the people at the C. Understand what's going on on the talk that is the command that. I don't force and accountability make sure everybody has an accountability case. -- -- to -- -- -- -- do a count you know how many firefighters are still inside the building a way to located. Effective support operations you I think it gives the units and whatnot operation. In a way that make sure that everybody is is safe and it's and then as the Connecticut new strategy and tactics and a safe and quick map. And plan for any additional resources. You say it was a you glad to tell that -- -- the committee might need a second or third strike team coming in or additional units come into the operation. That's all water to safety offices challenges that he yes I understand and the system would. With -- in the command. Now you're back in a fire house in your role still as a -- -- to continue what am I doing now. Well after the incident the -- have to -- any post is an analysis and reports. Unfortunately by the injury or death report you have to fill out again for the state. Identified corrective actions -- future incidents if they weren't -- safely. This is -- time -- you would say to oversee the talent to into the command that would achieve the -- that these have to be changed. And it's -- what needs to be done that this incident is what we learned. Any violation of the -- that's a piece you bring up to keep the Paul the audience -- the command that there's no we saw that operation. I'll -- deployed to flying procedure some law that we that we can learn from our mistakes and make sure was -- And we will bring it back to what is the command and achieve that this decision who may want the best -- time. And on -- seeing conditions. -- duke operation -- -- -- could happen later -- we weren't ready for. Now would you go back and discuss this of the safety of -- so we need more ready to see it happen that did occur. A lot of time in awhile and that happens to -- make sure we go back and discussed that. And the big issue is trained at this -- -- What do we need to train now we just came back and Hazmat incident and I'd noticed that this ridiculous that our guys weren't. Prepared properly on handling a -- that -- we need to do better training on awareness and operations as material. This is the time where -- -- makes it makes these suggestions that it could keep the -- though this is what we need to be done. And is out and corrective actions we local works eight. Bottom line it's all safety offices that everybody goes through the fire wolf comes home together that's well policy. We just been discussing their -- of -- safety officer now quickly go all -- it wanted to potentials. That we faced fireflies we get injured and and and hurt. The what I wanna make it causes motor vehicle acts as I was saying before the traffic patterns are being set up properly. While working and operation -- flyers a car accidents and we'll get hurt and killed on the highways. Otherwise cardiovascular. We have to get ourselves. Better shape moved to a very physical fitness positions and jobs that we need to be at a level were hawks can handle it. It's up to say you also start getting some see the physical fitness programs out yet that a fire houses for the firefighters can follow along. One of things that we do face all the time was lost disoriented and in the -- instructions. That's that's worth it goes against talk to a more training. I'm getting training -- put a firefighter -- in. In -- majors and burned buildings we get practice on on on actually stretching hose and crawling through the heat and smoke. Going on going operation. All of these -- called kill lots of major fires back drafts and jobs. Flash over some structural collapses. This is stuff that we got to keep our eyes and our eyes on at all times safety offices to make sure that were -- the safe operation. Trauma. -- lacerations and burns. We have to make sure we're -- our -- detection equipment. The -- -- you have to make sure that we will using the proper equipment I use the good improperly. To not get burned and not getting -- with the equipment. And the big thing is infectious disease. We're making sure using we're using out loved wearing gloves properly wearing masks that car accidents. And to a gone back we're not getting that infectious diseases these things is safety officer or we doing. Not only at the -- book with. The fire -- -- after the operation over forty operation. We have these policies is -- little -- with the safety of his should be doing. Now I just listened to this complete lack United States yourself you know what I wanna make a difference I wanted to go become a safety opposite. She doesn't achieve the apartment where -- offices say -- the next structure can I be. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What do I have to know what do I have to get is there any certification is not really certifications that yet but there's different courses that you can take. The national fire academy has a colossal and as is safety officer FEMA has safety -- causes. There's if organization of federal qualified for the sake of the association they have -- art information it makes you about a safety offices. So his op Bob you state local and county academies they all have courses on safety offices and if they don't. Ask them again team of people and national park having struck will come up gladly. Offered -- knowledge they have on this. What's up to you know the go to get that information and you'll be -- -- make you and your department's job a lot easier. Is there a liability not to have -- say Elvis. I would say yes. How can you actually beat go to a structure fire. And I have someone out there watching -- of attack in us. So -- the liability -- is out there so it's up to you to make sure our jobs -- safe.

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