I work for a company in Indiana (Envisage) that builds software to help first responder organizations ensure they are trained, equipped and ready to respond. We are also working to improve the news and analytical content we publish online.
One of my tasks at the moment is to create a series of infographics, aimed at the general public, detailing ways citizens should respond to emergency events to help improve the safety of the officers and agents on scene. One example we use in discussions a lot is being pulled over on the highway. We would identify 5-7 things to consider in such situations that will help the authorities do their jobs as safely as possible.
Since firefighters are one profession of interest to us, we would like input from you on what information would be most helpful for the general public to know. We are still in the brainstorming phase of this project, so you could offer a specific bit of wisdom the public should know, or describe a situation that is made more difficult by citizen mistakes or inaction.
What are the most important things the public could do to make your lives safer when you are doing your job?
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02-25-2014, 10:55 AM #1
If the public only did one thing to make your lives safer, it should be ...
02-25-2014, 11:14 AM #2
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Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and inside each bedroom
And check them monthly
Change the batteries twice a year
02-25-2014, 12:32 PM #3
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- May 2013
Don't leave candles unattended.
Or food while it's cooking on the stovetop.
Clean out lint from dryer vents.
If possible, close doors when leaving a fire area.
Don't overload electrical outlets or cords. Don't run cords under carpet.
Don't smoke in bed.
INSTALL AND MAINTAIN SMOKE DETECTORS. CO detectors too.
02-25-2014, 02:31 PM #4
Listen. That's the biggest thing the public can do. Just listen to what is being said."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
02-26-2014, 09:42 AM #5
Thanks. Reflecting back what I just read:
1) Keeping firefighters away (Home and business safety)
- Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and inside each bedroom
- Install CO detectors
- check alarms monthly and change batteries twice a year
- Don't leave candles or food cooking on the stovetop unattended.
- Clean out lint from dryer vents
- Don't overload electrical outlets or cords, or run cords under carpet
- Don't smoke in bed
2) Preparing for firefighters to arrive (Moving to safety and clearing a path when a fire breaks out)
- listen to what is being said
- If possible, close doors when leaving a fire area
Some follow-up questions for #2:
* When should someone call the fire department?
* Should that call always be 911?
* What should someone try to save (i.e., records, pets, dvd collection)?
* How far away from the house should people move?
* Should vehicles be moved out of the way?
* What is the most common mistake people make that delays you once you arrive on the scene?
Are there other calls you take, like medical emergencies, where people can help prepare for your arrival, get you there faster, or most contribute to someone else's survival?
Yesterday, 01:11 PM #6
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- Port Royal, SC
While all the fire safety tips are good I think it goes deeper than that. The public today needs to make the transition from paying for just a suppression orientated fire service to one that balances prevention. Communities need to support and be willing to fund, and in fact demand, a stronger prevention based fire service.
When budgets are cut prevention programs and personnel are first to go. This then results in more fires and more costs. Other countries have proven time and again that focus and support on prevention cuts costs and strengthens communities.
Prevention today goes beyond "stop, drop, roll" and "don't play with matches," but now involves plans review, fire inspections, training, etc. The US is falling way behind in global fire service approach. We have the suppression down better than anyone, but we need to do more as a service and need the communities awareness and support.
Today, 04:15 PM #7
Reflecting back what I just read, I'm adding the following to the list above:
3) Fostering Prevention (Cultivating a community that supports prevention-based fire service)
- Understand what resources are funding personnel and prevention programs
- Follow the examples of other nations who support prevention
Follow-up questions for #3:
* Daniel mentions training, plan reviews, fire inspections ... Are these all actions internal to the profession or department, or are there ways the general public can be proactive in contributing resources (e.g., volunteering to participate in training exercises)?
* Budget cuts are pervasive and damaging to first responder programs. Are there specific actions citizens can take to help craft or lobby for favorable legislation and government funding?
Today, 04:34 PM #8
Pulling over to the right for emergency vehicles.
Making the public aware that if you see one emergency vehicle, chances are good to excellent that there will be another one coming right behind it or shortly thereafter.
On the road, when you see fire apparatus, police cruisers and ambulances, move over and give them room.
Don't stop and gawk, or they may become part of the incident."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
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