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          2) Responding to or returning from alarms - 31 or 27.7%

          3) Non-fire emergencies - 10 or 8.9%

          4) Training - 3 or 2.7%

          5) Other on-duty - 14 or 12.5%

       b. Deaths by nature

          1) Heart attack - 50 or 44.6%

          2) Internal trauma - 21 or 18.7%

          3) Asphyxiation - 13 or 11.6%

          4) Burns - 8 or 7.1%

          5) Crushing injuries - 4 or 3.6%

          6) Stroke - 3 or 2.7%

          7) Electrocution - 3 or 2.7%

          8) Other - 10 or 9.0%

     c. Causes of death

         1) Stress - 56 or 50%

         2) Caught or trapped - 23 or 20.5%

         3) Struck by or contact with object - 20 or 17.8%

         4) Exposure - 4 or 3.6%

         5) Falls - 3 or 2.7%

         6) Other - 6 or 5.4%

B. Impact on injuries and death

   1. Loss of love ones

  2. Pain and suffering - temporary or permanent

  3. Insurance costs - increase in Worker's Compensation premiums

  4. Loss of time from work or disability retirement - disability payments may be less than regular

      income

  5. Recovery and rehabilitation

C. Safety and health regulations and standards

   1. Respiratory standard - 29 CFR 1910.134

       a. Two-in/two-out requirement

       b. Mini-physical examination

       c. Annual facepiece fitness testing

  2. Emergency response to hazardous materials standard - 29 CFR 1910.120

      a. Incident command system

      b. Emergency response plan

      c. Training commensurate with duties

  3. Bloodborne pathogens standards - 29 CFR 1910.1200

  4. Various NFPA standards among them

      a. Professional qualification standards - 1000 series

      b. Hazardous materials emergency response - 471, 472, 473

      c. Live fire training evolutions - 1403

      d. Fire department occupational safety and health program - 1500

      e. Fire department infection control program - 1581

      f. Medical requirements for fire fighters and information for fire department physicians - 1582

      g. Automotive fire apparatus – 1901

D. Who is responsible for safety?

  1. Officers - operational and administrative

  2. Emergency vehicle operators

  3. Firefighters and emergency care providers

  4. EVERYONE

II. Station Safety (1-2)

A. Fire prevention

   1. Safe storage and use of flammable and combustible materials

   2. Proper use and maintenance of electrical equipment, appliances, and associated wiring

   3. Control of ignition sources

   4. Proper use and disposal of smoking materials

   5. Good housekeeping

   6. Installation and maintenance of fire protection systems - sprinklers, fire doors, and rated

       construction materials

B. Individual conduct

   1. Avoiding horseplay or other activities that may result in someone being injured

   2. Walk rather than run all the time

   3. Remove trip hazards

C. Slip and slide hazards

   1. Mark wet floors to minimize use until dry

   2. Promptly remove ice and snow from walking areas around station

   3. Advise personnel of freshly waxed floor surfaces

   4. Secure loose carpeting and scatter rugs or mats

D. Cleanliness and personal hygiene

   1. Wash hands with soap and water as rest room use or as needed

   2. Exercise control of hazardous waste, especially biological waste

   3. Maintain cleanliness of personnel/clothing - avoid taking contamination home or elsewhere after an

       incident

E. Proper clothing for task

   1. Wear eye and ear protection

   2. Use respiratory protection when there is a suspected respiratory hazard present

   3. Wear hand and foot protection when working with tools or handling heavy objects

III. Vehicle Safety (1-3)

A. Boarding apparatus

   1. Apparatus should not be moving

   2. Driver should not start until everyone is seated and belted

B. Responding to alarms

   1. Everyone should stay seated and belted until apparatus comes to complete stop