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    Default Safety Officer vest - which color?

    Hey everybody,

    a lot of Departments use Safety Officers nowadays. As we have already a lot of command staff wearing vests with different colors, there aren't many left for the Safety (maybe interesting to know: I'm from Germany and the Safety Officer is quite new for us).

    What different colors do you know for Safety Officer's vests? Maybe one of them could be used at our Department too ;-)

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    I think ours is orange?!!?

    Ah, no, that's the tree trimming and pothole officer

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    ours is pink

















    or then again it may be the one that has "SAFETY OFFICER" on it.

    Excessive color coding is a sign that someone has way too much time on their hands.

    Then again thinking about it... Excessive vest wearing means that we have more people trying to manage the incident out rather than actually put the d@mn thing out.

    Say no to vests!
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    we use blue for safety officer, have also seen green used

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcl312 View Post
    we use blue for safety officer, have also seen green used
    We don't use them as mutual aid calls are rare, and I find little use for them on internal ops, but others out here use either a Blue vest or Helmet for Safety Officer.

    Green is generally the universal colour of IC (command post too).
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    Orange, but less managers and more fire fighters is what is needed. I've rolled up on MA assignments and found everybody saying "I'm xyz" and I asked "who is putting the wet stuff on the red stuff" and got a blank look. Remember our job is to put the fire out, not stand around and look pretty.

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    Green is the color that the Fire Dept Safety Officer Association says to use. That way it stands out as different from the command vests.

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    we don't color code our vests, we just have safety officer written in large letters.

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    My west was to heavy. It also got snagged on stuff, and the reflective striping blinded my IC. Then I found out that vests could catch on fire, so I quit wearing it. I figure it was the safest thing for me to do.....
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    Let's see if I am the IC at a single family dwelling fire response I need to wear:
    Command Vest
    Finance Vest
    Logistics Vest
    Operations Vest
    Planning Vest
    Safety Vest
    Liason Vest
    EMS Vest
    Rescue Vest
    Hazmat Vest
    PIO Vest
    Water Supply Vest
    Staging Vest

    Do I have to change vest before I issue an order that covers that area?

    And does it really matter what color the vest is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    My west was to heavy...
    Thank you Mr. Chekhov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell View Post
    Thank you Mr. Chekhov.

    I know when I've been owned....

    Wictor Wictor......
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    is it just me or should the safety officer be wearing his turn-out gear, instead of a vest. If he expects the firefighter to wear it shouldn't he wear it. I know I know he is in the command post and not near the working area of the incident.

    That whole lead by example is a great concept.

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    We don't have safety officer...we have a robot that runs around screaming, "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFD21C View Post
    is it just me or should the safety officer be wearing his turn-out gear, instead of a vest. If he expects the firefighter to wear it shouldn't he wear it. I know I know he is in the command post and not near the working area of the incident.

    That whole lead by example is a great concept.
    Typically when I see these vests in use, they are over the turnout jacket.

    And around here the Safety Officer doesn't spend much time in the command post (aside from an occasional brief with the IC). The whole principle of the Safety Officer is that they are the mobile "eyes" of the ICP. Ongoing size-up, 360's, personnel and task monitoring, etc...
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    yea we really don't use vest. the only vest we use are our traffic safety vest but that is another thread. We do have a safety officer on duty 24 hours a day that reponds to working incidents. the robot is in the back of his pickup truck

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    No safety vests worn here. We know who the safety officer is based on the geographical location of the fire. Meaning, town split in half. Fire on one half one chief is command the other is safety. Fire on the other half, their roles are reversed.

    Works for us.

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    No vest, he is announced on the tactical channel.

    "Car XX is the Safety Officer"

    We have vests somewhere, but they rarely make an appearance.

    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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