Firefighter Pre-Basic II

Proper knowledge and use of personal protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus is necessary to help provide a safe working environment for the emergency service provider. Session Reference: 2 Topic: Firefighter Pre-Basic II...


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• Unbreathable atmospheres

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• Other considerations

• Hearing loss

• Toxic substance exposure (hazmat)

• Disease

• Studies show that all fire suppression personnel are at some degree of risk to blood-borne pathogens

• General precautions

• Assume all patients have a communicable disease

• Use quality latex or vinyl gloves when handling patients

• Use facial/eye protection and liquid impervious gowns or aprons when appropriate

• Use a waterless antimicrobial hand cleaner after handling patients

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• Locations

• Responding to and returning from alarms

• At scene

• In-station

• Inspections

• Training

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• Personal safety

• Safety procedures while riding apparatus

• Ride in proper place

• Remain seated

• Use safety equipment such as seat belts, safety bars and hearing protection

• Do not dress during apparatus movement

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• Safety when mounting, dismounting, and operating around apparatus

• Never attempt to mount or dismount moving apparatus

• Use handrails when mounting and dismounting

• If it is suspected that the apparatus is in contact with electrical lines stay where you are or jump clear of the apparatus to exit if necessary

• Look before dismounting apparatus so that you know where you are stepping or what you are stepping into (power lines, ditches, etc.). If dismounting on traffic side be sure to check for on-coming vehicles

• When operating around apparatus remember that headlights can blind on-coming motorists and that their vision may not return to normal until they are past the apparatus

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• Safety in the station

• Use proper lifting techniques

• Good housekeeping

• Keep aisles and walkways clear and free from slipping hazards

• Keep stairs clear and well lighted

• Floors, aisles, stairs, handrails, slide poles, and slides maintained in safe condition

• Control horseplay

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Basic Guidelines

• Maintain good wellness and physical condition

• Use appropriate personal protective equipment for operation being performed

• Follow departmental SOPs

• Attitude

 

II. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING (2-2)

Helmet

• Shell protects head from impact, heat and cold - designed to fail on impact to reduce shock to the head and neck

• Shield protects eyes and face from foreign objects

• Adjustable suspension system to absorb shock to head and neck

• Ear flaps protect ears and neck from heat and cold

• Chin strap ensures that the helmet stays in place during normal wear and upon impact

• All parts need to be used to ensure proper protection

• Do not use open area in the top of helmet for storage. This area must stay open to absorb shock and act as an insulator

• Should be a comfortable fit, square to the head, with hood and facepiece on

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Hearing Protection - earplugs or earmuffs should be provided for all activities with high noise levels.

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Eye Protection

• Acceptable eye protection

• Absorbs impact without shattering

• Not be subject to scratching

• Not melt at high temperatures

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• Common types of eye protection

• Helmet faceshield

• SCBA facepiece

• Safety glasses

• Safety goggles

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• Protective Hoods

• Protects neck, ears, and face from extreme heat

• Used in conjunction with SCBA facepiece

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• Boots

• Rubber or leather

• Insulating qualities

• Puncture resistant insole

• Steel toe

• Ribbed sole for traction

• Water resistant

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• Gloves

• Protect from heat

• Protect from sharp objects

• Gloves must breathe

• Allow moisture out

• Prevent moisture from coming in

• Proper fit - should provide good manual dexterity