Vehicle Rescue Instructor Safety Guidelines – Part 2

SUBJECT: Safety During Vehicle Rescue Practical Skills Training TOPIC: Implementing Safety Guidelines for Practical Skills Vehicle Rescue Training OBJECTIVE: Develop and implement safety guidelines that...


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SUBJECT: Safety During Vehicle Rescue Practical Skills Training
TOPIC: Implementing Safety Guidelines for Practical Skills Vehicle Rescue Training
OBJECTIVE: Develop and implement safety guidelines that address applicable NFPA standards for use when conducting practical skills vehicle rescue training sessions.
TASK: Develop and implement comprehensive safety guidelines for conducting practical skills vehicle rescue training using the sample guidelines and checklist presented in this series of articles.

Participant Training Orientation Session

Prior to the start of any practical skills training program, a mandatory attendance orientation session shall be conducted by the Lead Instructor for all participants. Attendance shall also be mandatory for assisting training personnel and observers. During this orientation session, the information in this guideline shall be presented and documented.

Once the participants and assisting staff personnel are present, the Lead Instructor shall establish and announce the overall operational procedures expected and required of all participants. This ensures that the vehicle rescue training session and all events that take place during the scheduled program are performed in a safe and efficient manner. The checklist format of this document accommodates ease of accounting that each critical item on the list has been addressed.

The following items shall be addressed and presented to all participants during the orientation session.

Incident Management Plan

  • Description of the procedures for utilization and implementation of an incident management system during the practical skills training program.
    All extrication scenario evolutions should be done under close supervision at ALL times. The training program management plan, the lines of authority and the on-scene chain of command shall be made clear to all participants in order that both the expected and unforeseen situations will be managed with the most efficiency, providing reasonable margins of safety for all concerned.
  • Description of procedures for implementation of a personnel accountability system for all personnel involved in the training program.
  • Description of process to rotate personnel and crews to reduce stress and fatigue.
  • Participants shall be advised that the anticipated practical skills training evolutions to be accomplished are psychologically and physically challenging and demanding. Any participants who feel that they are not mentally or medically capable of performing their assigned duties and functions during the training exercises are encouraged to identify their concerns to the Lead Instructor.

Hazard Assessment and Risk Analysis

  • Description and identification of any and all anticipated hazards and risks associated with the specific vehicle rescue skills training to participants documented.
  • Description and explanation of procedures for conducting vehicle rescue practical skills operations in a safe and effective manner while using appropriate PPE.

Training Area Sector Identification and Location

The following designated areas of the training site shall be defined and the location or boundaries of each shall be identified:

Hot Zone

The hot zone is an area immediately surrounding an acquired vehicle being used for vehicle rescue training and shall extend a minimum of 10 feet in all directions from the vehicle.

Persons allowed in the hot zone must don approved PPE during times that vehicle rescue evolutions are in progress. Entry into the hot zone is limited to working participants, safety officer(s), and training personnel. Other department personnel may enter hot zone with permission of the Lead Instructor.

Warm Zone

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