Leadership

Incidents Involving Manholes Demand Safety Precautions

Issue 8 and Volume 130.

Incidents Involving Manholes Demand Safety Precautions departments The Volunteers Corner When you respond to a fire or other incident in a manhole, the most important thing you can do is to take time to think. Whether it involves rescue or fire, a manhole incident invariably includes hazards that fire fighters cannot identify while standing in the street. While we are basically talking about manholes, what we have to say also pertains to tanks and similar enclosed spaces, either below or above ground, with minimal access. The one consideration that should be paramount in all your decisions and actions at a manhole incident is safety. Failure to observe safety in your operations can increase the death or injury toll that exists upon your arrival. Remember, the purpose of fire companies at a manhole incident is to alleviate the situation, not aggravate it. Facts needed: This is a time when you need…

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