Personal Protective Equipment
P.P.E. or Personal Protective Equipment.
The Oxford disctionary defines the following:
Personal- one's own; private; referring to an individual
Protective- keep safe; shield
Put it all together- Ones own keep safe outfit....
I get so angry when I see the TV or newspapers or photo stories on this site and others of so called "professionals" performing extrication with little or even worse, no protective safety gear.
Who the hell are the fools that authorise people to work inside action circles with Turn-out pants and T-shirts for crying out loud? Where's the Safety Officer or the Officer In Charge of the scene?
The one thing we always teach our rookies is Safety, Safety, Safety, Safety. Yet, we get to scene and forget all about it! What is it? Adrenaline? If it is, get over it! Take time out and think safety first- yours, then the casualty.
I haven't as yet seen invisible gloves, or tear resistant rubber gloves! I haven't as yet seen eyes that are safe from flying glass, paint flecks, etc.! And I most certainly have NEVER seen an extrication that involved metal movement or relocation that does not involve sharp edges, etc!
DOH! This makes me so angry- wear your PPE.
Protect our responding "brothers and sisters" and project a proper, professional and safe image to the media and the rest of the world.
Anyway that's my soapbox for the day- what's your thoughts?
(PS- I know there are some instances where bulky helmets can be in the way, etc.) :mad: :confused: