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    Lightbulb Safety Officer Helmet Color ???

    Hey Gang I was trying to find out some information on the Safety Officer position. My Dept has a Deputy Chief that functions at this position now. I am trying to attend the NFA Safety Officer class. Do all safety officer's in your Dept wear White Helmets? What training does your Dept require for a safety Officer. Thanks !

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    Both of them wear white helmets with white shields of valor. They also have vests and the like.
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    Our safety officer used to wear orange helmets with our probie's now they just wear black helmets, same as the int. firemen.
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    White helmet with a green cross on each side.
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    Our Safety officer has a Blue Helmet and wears the appropriate vest stating SAFETY OFFICER

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    "safety" orange

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    We use vests. While we have a department safety officer (a district chief/white helmet) its an administrative position. On incidents, a company officer (red helmet) or chief officer (white) is assingned as saftey sector and wears a vest.

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    A neighboring dept. that has a FT safety officer uses orange, and another neighboring POC dept. uses orange also.........
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    firefighters = Black
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    Lieutenants = Yeller
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    Safety Folk = Orange
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    We don't designate with a unique helmet since the Chief Officers usually fill the role anyway.

    Our neighboring dept uses a blue helmet with Safety Officer on the side, but they forget/refuse to use it half the time.

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    Paramajics = Blue
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    There's no getting a Chief out of his white helmet.

    If a Captain is Safety, he wears an orange helmet.

    We have several members who have completed the NFA Incident Safety Officer class via Ohio's State Fire Academy Outreach program. Those members will usually be assigned Safety but theoretically any Captain or Chief can be assigned the position.
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    Since we are primarily volunteer department, do not have a "designated" officer. A safety officer is appointed at each incident by the IC from the responding chief officers or captains.
    We do have a vest, but it is usually not worn except a major incidents where mutual aid is utilized (so that the SO can be recognized by MA companies).

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    Most of them around here wear orange, but our dept doesn't have a person that is designated to be safety officer. It usually falls on everyone's shoulders to watch each other.
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    All current S/O's under my division wear White with identifying vests.Since I wind up being the "fill" Chief,I'm seldom in the vest.T.C.

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    It should not matter the color of the helmet. Just make sure that there is a member with the proper training in that position watching your backs. The only good a colored helmet does is makes it easier for you to look around before you do something unsafe. So BE SAFE!

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    White, of Course. The Safety Officer on each incident is appointed by the IC, and is usually the third Chief to arrive (First is IC, 2nd is Operations). This serves our needs for the usual run of the mill call. If an incident escalates, a Safety Officer will be on the assignment by the time a second alarm is struck. These are people who are appointed as Safety Officers by the County. They are Chiefs as well, and quite often one will already be on the call. BTW, a large selection of helment colors is not available in our area. White for Officers, Black or Yellow (Members Choice) for Firefighters, Red for Probies, is about it. Chiefs have White coats, all others are Brown or whatever you call that PBI Color.
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    Every Dept. I know of in our area designates their Safety Officers' with the lighter blue color helmet. Although, I have heard that one of the most common identification mark is a green cross.

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    Our Safety Officer wears a yellow helmet so that he is different from everyone else on the fire scene. Jr. Firemen wear orange, so Safety can't have it. In my opinion Safety should not wear the same as an interior because he should never be interior during a fire. He should be outside making sure everyone is being safe about their work. Of course I don't even think he should be the same as anyone else. Safety Officer is an important position and the officer should stick out in case he is needed.
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    Ours wear the standard color for the rank that they are. White for all Chief Officers, Yellow helmets for Captains and Lieutenants.


    Don't make this position any more difficult for which it is, deciding on what color helmet should be worn! If the IC (Incident Commander) appoints a firefighter as the incident officer, this member wears whatever color helmet that they are issued. Makes no difference!


    A simple announcement made on the radio on all talk groups (channels) will advise the members operating on the event, the identification of the Safety Officer.


    Same things goes for the Staging Officer, Water Supply Officer, Accountability Officer and all others that are part of the system.


    Don’t get hung up on a special color for helmets, turnouts for the Safety Officer. Some departments would have them wearing a Gold helmet if they could get one made or paint one if they color would hold up.


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    Our colors are as follows:

    White - Chief, Asst. Chief, Capt., Lt.
    Red - Fire Fighter and Probies, probies have a "white scotchlight stripe" under their side numbers.
    Orange - Jr. Fire Fighter
    Yellow - Kept on truck for designation of a Safety Officer, person changes helmets onscene.

    Also, we have a scotchlight designation for training as well. we use small 1/2"x1/2" blocks of different colored scotchlight tape on the rear duckbill to indicate training.

    2 Gold = Section 1 & Section 2 Firemanship
    2 Green = Basic and Advanced Auto Ex
    2 Blue = Awareness and Operations HazMat

    We also use a solid-white-stripe above these to indicate "FF First Class", a new designation for the most senior FFs.

    A small star of life is used for EMTB/P and RN's with a "p", "b" or "r" in the center.

    With a single glance, we can see the name/number (numbers indicate ranking as well, <10 are engineers and officers, teens are squad leaders, 20-30 = FF/Probies, 40's are Jrs), their training level and EMS level along with the color of the helmets, etc.

    I implemented this plan early last year and it's working without a hitch. It's one of those things that's being used and we don't even realize it, it just happens.


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    Originally posted by AsstChiefJohn
    Our colors are as follows:

    White - Chief, Asst. Chief, Capt., Lt.
    Red - Fire Fighter and Probies, probies have a "white scotchlight stripe" under their side numbers.
    Orange - Jr. Fire Fighter
    Yellow - Kept on truck for designation of a Safety Officer, person changes helmets onscene.

    Also, we have a scotchlight designation for training as well. we use small 1/2"x1/2" blocks of different colored scotchlight tape on the rear duckbill to indicate training.

    2 Gold = Section 1 & Section 2 Firemanship
    2 Green = Basic and Advanced Auto Ex
    2 Blue = Awareness and Operations HazMat

    We also use a solid-white-stripe above these to indicate "FF First Class", a new designation for the most senior FFs.

    A small star of life is used for EMTB/P and RN's with a "p", "b" or "r" in the center.

    With a single glance, we can see the name/number (numbers indicate ranking as well, <10 are engineers and officers, teens are squad leaders, 20-30 = FF/Probies, 40's are Jrs), their training level and EMS level along with the color of the helmets, etc.

    I implemented this plan early last year and it's working without a hitch. It's one of those things that's being used and we don't even realize it, it just happens.


    /john

    Hey Chief, Does the guys glow in the dark? With all that stuff stuck on the helmet they may. That is an over kill. Just use what NFPA requires the helmet makers to put on the helmet.



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