9 Safety Tips For Firefighter Survival
Improve your firefighter safety and survival rates with these nine tips from American Trade Mark. We all wish we could prevent line of duty deaths (LODDs) and unnecessary injuries in our first responders 100% of the time. These tips and tricks will hopefully help improve your tactics no matter if you are battling a barn fire, house fire, or a wildland-urban interface.
Firefighter Survival Tips & Tricks
Better firefighter survival and rescue tactics start with better firefighter safety training. Browse our list of safety training tips for emergency responders to spot weaknesses and know where to begin.
- Demand Apparatus Safety – Seatbelts & Speed
- Use The Proper PPE – Always
- Size Up / 360 – Take The Time To Take The Walk
- Limit Your Risk To What’s Savable
- Ensure An Uninterrupted Water Supply
- Stay Low & Prioritize Ventilation
- Forget About Freelancing
- Stay Aware & Communicate
- Don’t Forget Accountability
Getting There Is Half The Battle
Improve firefighter safety from the start with mandatory seatbelt and speed rules. Accelerated and hurried driving to a scene can be just as much as a safety risk. How tragic would it be to lose a crew member or innocent bystander in an accident on the way to the fire scene? How can your crew make a difference if they never arrive at the scene to begin with?
Safer Fireground Survival Tactics
Once everyone is safely on the scene, take time to size up the situation. It can be tempting to jump right in. Knowing what your team is getting themselves into may seem basic, but it’s an essential fire safety technique.
Next on your list of priorities should be ventilation and water supply checks. You also want to keep your crews low, prepared with the proper firefighter safety gear, and supported with convenient points for taking a break from the action.
Better Accountability & Communication
You’ve arrived safety, the gear is prepared, crews are in place, and you’re making good progress. How can you support ongoing protection for your firefighters? The answer is thorough accountability and fireground communication.
We provide tools to make these tasks even easier and more effective.
- Economy Accountability Tags
- Custom Accountability Tags
- Passport Name Strips
- The Steel Commander – Command Board
- Case Commander Incident Command System
- K.I.S.S. Commander™ Command System
Supporting Better Firefighter Safety Tactics
At American Trade Mark, we offer accountability and incident command tools to support improving firefighter survival techniques. Communicate on the go with portable command boards and make accountability tags mandatory. Knowing what’s happening and where everyone is, helps you make the best decisions for fire crew safety.
Contact us today to place an order, find out more about customization, or see how else we can help your department.
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