I got surprised last night at our annual meeting when I was asked to run for a Safety Officer position. There are 2 of us, in our relatively small department. I said I'd run half expecting to get beat....but didn't.
So...now I've got a job to do and only have a general idea what it entails. I know that I need to be present on scenes and observe for any safety hazards or unsafe practices and advise command or take steps to mitigate the risk as the situation dictates. But that's really it.
I know there must be other things that fall under the purview of the SO. I guess our department had them before....but I've been in 2 years and have no idea who they were....so I'm guessing they weren't doing too much.
I refuse to do anything half assed, and since I was tapped and asked to run for this, and then elected over some others by our members I'm determined to develop a decent SO program.
So....what types of things do I need to be thinking about? What types of things do your SO's do...we're a small (1 Engine, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Tanker) 100% volunteer department.
Are there any training resources I can look at on line?
So...any tips for the new guy?