is this for ALL fire departments?
I thought this was just for FDNY??
Richard M. Spackmann
Greenfield Fire District
anyone have a link to the law online?
My department has them on every SCBA as well - but that was even before all the FDNY press.
Anyone have a copy of the law online somewhere?
an email from the Department of Labor
"The proposed rule as well as the Law itself talks about providing ropes and system components "appropriate for the risk"
The rule would require a hazard assessment to determine the level of risk in the area you provide fire protection to and then equip those who are exposed to a hazard.
There is no intent to just require the protection for anyone who has no risk. I keep failing to understand why anyone would think we would require you to equip individuals who don't enter the building and would never be expected to need the equipment. ( pump operators, fire police, those not interior qualified) We are asking the employer to make that determination.
If your hazard assessment show that only 1 and 2 story buildings are in the area and there are other procedures which can be used to insure the safety of fire fighters operating in the building ( ladders placed for emergency egress as a matter of SOP on each call) then you may not have to provide anything.
The proposed rule is clear that you only provide to those who have exposure.
Be conservative in your purchase. Generally you only need a rope and a belt if you are going to rappel with your feet against the building You need a harness if you are going to lower yourself without touching the building surface.The rope can be as long as you want. You will need a couple of carabiners and decender.
Some interesting equipment is listed on the web at reasonable cost. You do not need the $500.00 NYC rig unless you have NYC hazards so don't let the suppliers sell you a bill of goods. You should be able to provide a pretty good rig for under $100.00 a person. All components of the system should meet the 2006 edition of 1983 and the supplier should provide you evidence that the equipment meets that standard. Everything but the rope must have a label and the receipt for the rope should state that that conforms.
Div. of Safety and Health