Thread: OSHA Rope Law

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    Default OSHA Rope Law

    Anybody that would like to share their departments impact statement on the rescue rope law, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    This hasn't been "tested" by DOL, but it's what we wrote:

    XYZ Volunteer Fire Department
    1 School Street
    XYZ, NY 12345-0099

    Risk Assessment
    Firefighters at Risk of Being Trapped at Elevations

    Overview: This risk assessment quantifies the potential for firefighters to be trapped at elevations greater than the ground floor during fires and other IDLH incidents such as may occur within the primary response area of the Fire Department as well as those jurisdictions to which the Fire Department may reasonable be expected to respond on Mutual Aid.

    Authority: This risk assessment is provided IAW Section 800.7 of Title 12 NYCRR.

    Exposures: Structures in the primary response area of the Fire Department are primarily one, one and one-half, two, and two and one-half story residences. The predominant construction type is wood frame. Also included in the inventory are stone, modular, and mobile homes.

    There are no taller commercial or other structures in the primary response area other than church steeples and agricultural structures (barns and silos), which are not normally habitable spaces.

    A special consideration in the area is terrain, which can result in an equivalent third or fourth floor elevation on one or more sides of a two story structure.

    Mutual Aid: A survey of those neighboring response areas to which this Fire Department may be dispatched on automatic mutual aid or on a greater alarm revealed substantially the same makeup of structures throughout those districts.

    Exceptions are a single three story building of unknown occupancy in the hamlet of ABC; and the downtown area of the village of DEF, which includes numerous three story buildings of ordinary or frame construction. The “river” side of those buildings generally exposes the basement, resulting in four-story elevations.

    Standard Operating Procedures: XYZ VFD Best Practice 17 addresses the hazard by calling for ladders to be placed at all potential escape points when operations go above the ground floor. Due to limited ladders available on first responding apparatus, however, this is not the most practical solution for the initial attack/search phase of a structure fire incident. As such, BP17 calls for each firefighter operating inside an IDLH building to be equipped with a “bailout bag” as prescribed below.

    The Best Practice also calls for a “360” walk-around survey of the incident scene which will include an evaluation of potential emergency egress routes.

    Resolution: Inasmuch as the highest elevation to which a firefighter may be routinely exposed during firefighting operations is less than 40 feet (assuming 10 feet per story), it is our determination that a firefighter safety rope of 50 feet will be more than sufficient to allow a firefighter to secure a rope within the fire building and have enough rope to safely reach the ground. The kit, to be secured in a suitable bag, will also contain a carabiner, pre-tied on the end of the rope.

    The kit may also contain a suitable hook, which reduces the need to have available an anchoring device (ie, Halligan bar) or a secure anchor point within the fire building.

    A descent control device may be included provided firefighters are routinely equipped with a Class 2 harness as part of their normal PPE.

    All components used to construct the “bail-out bag” will meet the requirements of NFPA 1983-2006.
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