Firefighter Safety – Whos Responsibility Is It-poper

Change-Management Firefighting operations often include very high risk activities that can occur in any weather conditions, and at any time of day. Fire safety officers and line officers are responsible for assuming all risks and making the decisions for the entire fire department. Firefighting is inherently dangerous, but that does not mean that death or disabilities are acceptable or inevitable, these responsibilities tend to fall on every single member of the fire department to watch and advise about dangers that will affect them and/or other members of the firefighting crew. The fire officer’s main responsibility is to develop an action plan that should minimize the risks of injury and death for that specific situation. Firefighter’s must always be prepared to enter and work in very dangerous areas. The U.S. Fire Administration has adopted the 50% goal – which if successful – will reduce firefighter fatalities by 50 % for every 100,000 firefighters per year. A leading cause of firefighter fatality is cardiac arrest. This could be overcome by implementing annual physicals and stress tests for each and every firefighter, paid or volunteer. I believe that this would greatly reduce the amount of "line of duty" deaths within the fire department. A major problem I see, is that there are more and more fire departments that are run by volunteers and do not require any type of physical of the volunteers, in order to gain entry into the ranks of which they hold in the departments. If money could be set aside for this program, I strongly believe there would be a huge reduction in this study and statistic. A second leading cause of firefighter death and disability is, being struck or harmed by an object on scene or while responding to a call. This can be overcome by the creating a fire-scene Safety Officer position. It would be the sole responsibility of this individual to ensure the safety of the scene as best as he/she can with the given circumstances. He/She should be given the authority to halt operations when a high risk situation is encountered. Unlike the operations officer, who has numerous duties, firefighter safety would be the only concern for this officer while on scene. For the rest of the responding fire crew it is not so easy to avoid being injured or coming into harm while on a call, due to all the unforeseen factors that come into play. I think that seat belt use should be mandatory, as well as the use of different response level tones for different calls. By different response level tones I mean, when a department is dispatched for a call a response level tone should be given for the nature of emergency. The lower the response level is, the lower the response tone should be. For example, if a cat becomes stuck in a tree, the response tone would be on the lowest level of response – mandating that no lights or sirens need to be used during response. An example of the highest response tone is a structure fire with life threatening injuries – but will also be at the discretion of the station chief. I believe that all firefighting/rescue personnel should have to respond to the fire station before going to the scene. Anyone living outside the 2 minute response time should not be allowed to respond in emergency mode for that incident. This would greatly reduce the number of fatal accidents associated with this study, because personnel would be in department gear and vehicles and more readily available to assist all others. When someone responds directly to the scene rather than to the fire station, they are increasing the dangers on scene. They are not properly outfitted and do not always have the appropriate gear and equipment needed for the emergency call. In conclusion, it is each and every firefighter’s responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves and their fellow firefighters, but shouldn’t there be someone who’s only priortiy is to maintain scene safety and monitor the firefighter’s responses? About the Author: 相关的主题文章: