Ire Department Safety Officer Week 4-dangerous and risky
Describe the difference between dangerous and risky. Give an example of each.
In this unit the skill of reading information on the fire ground turns to the observation of some very subjective and difficult to read areas. NFPA 1521 states the incident safety officer a?shalla? monitor conditions to determine if they fall within the departments risk management criteria. What might be acceptable to one officer might not be to another. Compounding this is the fact that what goes on at an incident is weighed against acceptable risk verses unacceptable. Firefighting is a high hazard, risk-taking profession and a certain amount of risk is acceptable and at times necessary. Where the line is between the two is hard to say, but this unit will set some boundaries based on the communitys expectations, fire service standards, and what a departments values and skills are.
This unit will also start the process of analysis of the specific hazards that a fire service organization could encounter. Within this unit and the following ones, you will begin to look at various hazards, gain an understanding of the hazard and what to look for during an incident.
The first hazard is that of dealing with hazardous energy. To gain an understanding you must first have an understanding of where energy comes from, how it is transmitted and the associated hazards with it. There are also other sources of hazardous energy at an incident, such as utility gases, water and storm sewer systems, hazards associated with vehicles, and environmental hazards that you will be working in. All of these are hazards that the ISO must constantly be evaluating and keeping the IC informed.The next area this unit will look at is that of the firefighter themselves and how to a?reada? them. How many incident reports read that the mistakes leading to the death of a firefighter were a?humana? errors or misjudgments? The incident scene is moving so quick and many events are usually happening all at once and then we had the human factor to the events. Well trained and experience firefighters all have had close calls and lived to tell about it, but then some never get the chance. Reading how firefighters are conducting themselves on a scene is very challenging but needs to be done to ensure that everyone goes home.
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