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Let's make this so all of us understand this blog and not to involved I hope, but "Safety" is a big concern now days more than ever, I can remember when I got in to the fire service (after horse and carriage) there was little said about safety at the station and at the fire. Sure were always told not to run down the hall to the apparatus room because when you opened the door the trucks were right there and they could be moving and also the floor was slippery when wet and I have seen many a guy go sliding across the floor, not good.

Its nice to have a Safety Officer who can handle the day to day activities that need to be done in the fire house and on the fire scence when needed. The safety officer is the person who writes the safety education,and training, accident prevention, investigation, and records keeping and data collection are part of his job. Most safety officers also inspect all fire gear to make sure its is useable and with-in the 10 year limit as per NFPA regs. Alot of safety officers are reqired to make sure all firefighters have a annual physical and do any follow up on the firefighters that may have failed , or not gone for their physicals.

The safety officer should make a physical fitness program for all firefighters to do on a weekly or shift duty. The safety officer should make sure all personnel are given the chance to get the shots needed to fight against all strains of hepatitis. The safety officer will give a list of duties for all firefighters to check around the fire station such as any spills, of any type of liquid as oils, grease, and etc that you can slip fall and get hurt, also any hazard conditions such as equipment not secured on the vehicles properly, equipment hanging on the shelfs, wall racks,etc are secured. Go through all equipment in the fire house and vehicles to make sure they work properly and are clean.

Make sure there nothing on the pad around the pole in the fire station(pole- usually a brass pole for the firefighters to slide down from the second floor), keep this area free of everything. The best thing I can think of is to do a daily house(station) clean up of anything you may think will cause problems and hurt a firefighter. Lets back up a second here and check to make sure the slide pole has safety rails around the pole and make sure they are secured and and in good working order.

Do a good cleaning and dusting and mopping and if needed waxing of floors in certain ares of the fire house. During the daily cleaning, floors are swept and mopped, upper surfaces are dusted, material are stored, linens and towels are washed, and kitchens and rest rooms are disinfected. Weekly cleaning takes care of the larger task such as cleaning apparatus room walls and ceilings, outside cleaning, washing windows, cleaning out cabinets and storage areas, and stripping and waxing floors. Illumination should be well lit internally and extrnally.

Electrical hazards are significant in the fire stations due to the amount and use of water in the building. Most electricalcodes require the installation of waterproof receptacles in area such as in the apparatus bay and on the the exterior of the structure where water may be present. In addition, electrical codes require the use of ground fault interrupter receptacles in kitchens and rest rooms. Electrical equipment such as portable fans and heaters should only be used in areas where they will not be knocked over or will not present a tripping or fire hazard. Use of extension cords should follow the local fire and electricl code requirements. Just go through the whole fire station and see if it needs to be cleaned and go on to the next area and do the same, and that includes all offices.

Have fun we used to do it as I have written here and , well you know the rest , hey you just ran throught that intersection and never looked , I was on the corner and was waving , yea you never even saw me lets watch. But yea it always was one shift did more than ther other as the hate to say this but our A/C wanted to say his shift did more, well he never helped. And if the blog sounds repetitive thats is the only way we will learn how to do things I have been told, is that the Hot phone going off, must be a run remember watch your driving and if I don't write again have a safe and I am going to write it here:
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Bob Allard

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USFRA Staff
Comment by Allison McCullough on December 16, 2012 at 5:22pm

I'm not a firefighter, but I can still see where your observations are on point. Good job Bob.


USFRA Staff
Comment by Bob Allard on December 14, 2012 at 5:30pm

Thanks, working on getting another


Fire Editor
Comment by Tony Thomas on December 12, 2012 at 9:00am

Well done Bob!!


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Comment by LT. Andrew Poole on December 11, 2012 at 4:02pm

I agree, very good indeed. The added humor was a bonus.


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Comment by Fyre Walker on December 11, 2012 at 6:21am

EXCELLENT post Bob! I'm sharing this on Facebook!

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