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    Default Securing Team Safety

    There are '101 things' we can do, or actions we can take, to secure the safety of firefighters committed to the interior of a structure fire. I am looking for tips and advice here .... everything from buddy systems to accountability. Maybe we can form a useful list in conclusion.

    These are the basic issues that so often let us down at fires and lead to both 'near misses' and LODD.

    What actions can we take (or avoid) to secure team safety?


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    action that you can take:wear FULL PPE,know your rig(nozzles,trucks,scba....),w ork in teams/shifts.

    there is no routine in fire service,routine is the most dangerous thing.

    i just think about these little ideas,there are many more....
    "sauver ou périr"

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    OK French good points made but just to clarify -
    • What can be done to make firefighters safer once they have already entered a burning structure?
    • What can firefighters do to protect themselves after they have entered?
    • What actions should NOT be taken in order to secure interior team safety?
    • What risk control measures can be applied to protect interior crews?

    The correct provision and wearing of PPE is a great starting point.

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    -Coordination of interior attack and ventilation crews

    -Use of a RIT team

    -Accountability system in place

    -Securing a secondary water source if at all possible

    -Securing a second, back-up attack line (not RIT), if at all possible

    -Proper training in recognizing dangerous situations (flashover, backdraft, etc)

    -Proper fire stream use and application (as to not upset thermal balance, etc)

    Some of these, I realize, in certain depts are pipe dreams due to lack of man power and other resources..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batt18 View Post
    OK French good points made but just to clarify -
    • What can be done to make firefighters safer once they have already entered a burning structure?
    • What can firefighters do to protect themselves after they have entered?
    • What actions should NOT be taken in order to secure interior team safety?
    • What risk control measures can be applied to protect interior crews?

    The correct provision and wearing of PPE is a great starting point.
    ok,i'm going to try and do my best to answer to your questions.i promise,you will have fun reading me:

    when the firefighters have already entered a burning structure,here is what can be done: protect the exposures around this structure,the IC makes a size up concerning the structure the firefighters entered and determines the type of construction:lightweight constructions......i think,the IC can help the firefighters in giving them infos about this structure in the radios.the IC will call mutual aids if needed.PPV must not begin too early when the firefighters are inside the burning structure.

    to protect themselves better,the firefighters have to wear their full PPE,scba on,gloves.....they can use their hoses as a rope line.if they listen to their radios,it can help for their attack.they can move inside the structure but not too far from floor,i mean on their knees if there is a lot of smoke.if the firefighters have a TIC,it can show them the importance of fire and if there are victims or not.IN France,the firefighters always work in twos:so they have to rely on their br or sister when they attack a fire.

    actions that should not be taken: aggressive exterior attack (with many water) when the firefighters are still inside the burning structure or put fans on:PPV.

    to protect interior cruise,the commandment will have to determine if the structure can collpase rapidly,if there are no hazardous materials near this structure or inside.

    well,now,i have to admit,i'm not firefighter,just a CIVILIAN.my vocabulary is not great as the one you use in fire service.and do not worry,french firefighters know their job better than me.

    feel free to correct me,there is no problem,i'm here to learn.i'm sure you will get many answers which will be better and more precised than mine.the other members have experience and more knowledges.but it was nice for me to try replying to your thread.
    Last edited by frenchfireball; 02-09-2008 at 08:53 AM.
    "sauver ou périr"

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    2 french mottoes in french fire service.

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