Firefighting, Fireground Safety

Toledo (OH) Firefighters Get New Building Evacuation Policy

Under a new policy implemented yesterday, Toledo (OH) firefighters are to leave burning buildings if their radios no longer work, according to a news report.

The Toledo Blade reported that the move comes in the wake of an incident earlier this month in which firefighters lost radio contact with dispatchers while fighting a fire.

Under this new evacuation policy, the fire apparatus closest to the building will alert them by sounding its air horn three times, pausing, then sounding it another three times.

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The firefighters will then gather outside, and will fight the fire from around the exterior of the building unless command staff deems it safe to use the devices as two-way radios even if they can no longer reach dispatchers.

In the incident in question, communications from radio to radio worked, but firefighters were without a connection to dispatch.

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