Safety Procedures for Responding to Mobile Conveyance Emergencies

Session Reference: 1 Lesson 1-1: Safety Procedures for Responding to Mobile Conveyance Emergencies Time: 3 hours Learning/Teaching Aids: Board, easel pads, and/or blank transparencies; chalk and/or markers Behaviors to Foster: Active...

       a. Check access routes, retreat routes

       b. Position vehicles for retreat upon arrival

III. Personal Protective Equipment

A. PPE used, intact, in working order within 25' operational radius (hot zone)

  1. Thermal protection

  2. Injury/trauma protection

  3. Blood borne pathogen hazards

B. PPE worn correctly as needed for situation

  1. SCBA face pieces in place with air flowing

  2. Chin straps in place

  3. Eye protection in place

  4. Appropriate gloves on

      a. Fire fighting gloves for fire fighting

      b. Rescue gloves for rescue only after fire is under control

      c. Bio-hazard gloves for patient care (wear under work gloves if patient contact may occur)

  5. Appropriate outer wear protection for fire fighting, rescue. Patient care (including protective

      firefighting hoods)

IV. Proactive Steps to Reduce Injuries (1-1-4)

A. Maintain equipment in good condition

  1. Check hose, hydraulic, electric, pneumatic lines and connections for damage; assure they are

      capable of handling impending loads

  2. Check blades, edges, tips for nicks; they must be shaped appropriately

      a. Power tools: cutters, spreaders, ram tips

      b. Hand tools: axe, pry axe, halligan bars, pinch and pry bars

  3. Check foam eductors: they must be clean and matched to the foam concentrate and nozzles

  4. Maintain fuel, air, and hydraulic levels

  5. Handle fuels and hydraulic liquids properly

      a. Be aware of their hazardous properties

          1) Flammable

          2) Corrosive (irritants)

      b. Slippery when spilled (fall hazard)

B. Train with equipment

  1. Know limitations

  2. Be aware of inherent hazards

      a. Flying projectiles from cut ends

      b. Air bags shifting and sliding out from under vehicles (usually caused by improper placement)

      c. Cutting tools that throw debris or sparks

      d. Foam burn back times: how long foam blanket will last per application

  3. Know right tool for job

  4. Be able to perform on-site maintenance

C. Avoid items that cause injury until secured

  1. Component ends being cut

  2. Bumpers with shock absorbers

  3. Undeployed air bags

  4. Unstable vehicles

D. Perform scene size up continually

  1. Look for sharp edges that develop in cutting operations and blunt them

  2. Evaluate foam coverage and reapply as needed

  3. Watch resource levels

      a. How much compressed air is left

      b. What is fuel level

      c. How much water is in tank; is there another water source

      d. Is personnel level adequate

E. Control run-off of hazardous materials

  1. Excessive flow of water

  2. Be aware of terrain flow

  3. Seal or provide barrier protection for sewer entry points by diking and damming

  4. Clean up hazardous materials with absorbent

V. Fire Control/Suppression (1-1-5)

A. Requires one-two persons on a charged, not dry, 1 - 1 3/4" protective fire attack line

B. Personnel must be in fully donned PPE w/SCBA

C. Independent task to be supervised by rescue sector or safety officer

D. Depending on size of mobile conveyance involved, it may be necessary to establish a constant water source, e.g. fixed draft system

E. Individual operating the apparatus must ensure that pump is engaged and attack lines are charged

F. Fire control measures should be positioned approximately 35-50' from hot zone for visibility and flexibility in deployment depending on size of actual



Session Reference: 1

Lesson 1-1: Safety Procedures for Responding to Mobile Conveyance Emergencies

Student Performance Objective (SPO):

Given company policies and standard operating guidelines, list and describe the procedures and requirements that will assure safe response to motor vehicle emergencies so that performance at emergency scenes is performed according to these policies and guidelines.

Review/Main Points: (Have students draw conclusions about . . .)

   • Gain traffic Control

   • Staging and Positioning Equipment