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Let's Be Careful Out There
It happens all the time all over America. It has happened again; this time a MABAS Division 24 department has been involved in an accident while on the scene of another incident.Illinois: Markham Fire Apparatus Struck on Interstate 57Saturday, March 09, 2019A civilian passenger died and the driver was critically injured early this morning after the vehicle rear-ended a Markham (Illinois near Chicago) fire apparatus on I-57.The crash happened at 0310 hours while the Markham fire apparatus was stopped on the northbound left shoulder to work the initial crash.The two occupants of the SUV were taken to the hospital, the passenger died later on, this morning, and the driver is in critical condition.A Markham Firefighter was also hospitalized with NLT injuries.
Fortunately, the firefighter injuries in this incident were non-life threatening, but it could have been worse. Daily we face the possibility of wrong place, wrong time.
Across the country civilians are injured or killed in traffic accidents. What is really sad is that firefighters and police officers are sometimes secondary victims of these traffic incidents. We need to start thinking about how we can best protect ourselves at the scene. We equip our vehicles with flashing lights and reflective stripes, we wear reflective vests and our turnout gear carries reflective markings, and yet we are still victims at roadside accidents.
What can be done? Have you and your department recently reviewed SOP’s for traffic management at roadside events? Have you talked about how vehicles should be placed? Have you discussed at morning coffee what can be done to insure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the shift?
There are organizations available to help us. Emergency Responder Safety Institute offers free videos and training materials via their website, www.repsondersafety.com You will also find links to other helpful websites. This organization also offers a You Tube channel Responder Safety.Com You Tube Site
Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs has a Safety, Health and Survival Section www.iafcsafety.org International Association of Firefighters offers Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Safety Scene Safety Program www.iaff.org/hs/EVSP/home.html
Active Shooter and Firefighters
The recent shooting in Aurora reminds us that we all face a potential active shooter situation. If you have a school, church, mall, hospital, business park or other place where groups of people gather in your community, you have the potential for a mass shooting. Are we prepared to safely do what is needed to save lives? While we are thinking about the recent shooting, so close to home, it is a good time to dust off our active shooter response plans, talk about them with each shift and make necessary changes.
Below you will find some resources about this topic:
The IAFC’s Active Shooter Incident Response Toolkit includes a 15-minute video of a presentation by Chief James Schwartz of the Arlington, VA. Fire Department entitled “Responding Under Fire.”
Read more about this important topic:
NFPA 3000™ (PS)Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. This standard addresses all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery.
Training for a firefighter mission shift: Mass casualty incidents
The role of the firefighter is changing as mass shootings, natural disasters and mass casualty events increase in frequency, requiring additional trainingDavid CainFireRescue1Dec 20, 2017
How police, fire and EMS can coordinate active shooter response
Here's how to integrate the NFPA 3000 Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program standard into your agency’s training and response plansJames DudleyPoliceone.comMay 7, 2018
Drones and Firefighters
The 21st Century has brought many changes to the fire service. New technologies come to market every day and the challenge is to decide if and how we can incorporate those changes into our daily operations. Drones are one of these new technologies. The NFPA has recently released their standards for drones. NFPA 2400 Standard for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems used for Public Safety Operations details three important areas for consideration before investing in an unmanned aerial system (UAS). These areas are creating and operating a drone program, professional qualifications and job performance requirements for pilots and a section on drone maintenance and reporting.
To read more about the new NFPA standard go to:
Also worth a look is a recent Fire Engineering article, “WhatDoes the New NFPA Standard Mean for your department.”
Cancer and Firefighters
In August of 2018, President Donald Trump signed into federal law the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018 (H.R. 931). The law establishes a national cancer registry for firefighters. This is a good start, but the responsibility for the safety and well being of your department members is still the responsibility of every chief, every officer and every member of a fire department. All fire department big or small need to be aware of the cancer risks every time a rig rolls. Every incident, not just Haz-Mat, means the potential for contact with possible cancer causing agents.
To read more about what you can do to protect yourself and your department from cancer risks, go to this online article from Fire Rescue 1:
“Trending in 2018 and Beyond: Firefighters and Cancer”
For download: Healthy In, Healthy Out