Increase Firefighter PPE Compliance With Accountability Tools

American Trade Mark wants to ensure that every hero gets home safely, which is why we sell top-tier personal protective equipment and accountability tools to fire stations all over the country. However, safety gear is only helpful if your crews are actually using it correctly, so here are some suggestions regarding how to increase compliance.

The Importance Of PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is important because it helps protect firefighters from injury and death when responding to an emergency. PPE includes items like turnout gear, helmets, boots, breathing apparatuses, and more. American Trade Mark offers accountability tools that can help increase firefighter PPE compliance. With these tools, firefighters can be held accountable for their PPE compliance and be sure that they are protected while on the job.

Why Do Firefighters Ignore PPE Requirements?

Surprisingly, the most common reason firefighters ignore proper safety protocols has nothing to do with a lack of knowledge. Nearly every firefighter learns during training that personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to the job; however, the temptation to brave the flames to save people as quickly as possible can be tempting for even the most knowledgeable members of a crew. Thus, the best way to increase compliance to ensure everyone gets home afterward is to create a culture of accountability that prides itself on safety rather than reckless heroism.

How To Increase PPE Compliance

  • Establish A Culture That Associates Safety With Heroism
  • Lead By Example
  • Require Firefighter ID Tags
  • Label All PPE
  • Create Reminder Posters
  • Practice Gearing Up As Quickly As Possible

Establish A Culture That Associates Safety With Heroism

Many firefighters’ first instinct is to act immediately during an emergency—even if it means risking their own personal safety. Some even make the willingness to risk their own life part of their identity and primary source of self-esteem. Other crew members and station employees may even applaud the most dangerous feats of heroism over all others, and this peer pressure encourages unnecessary risk-taking and machoism.

Wearing PPE Is Heroic

Remind crew members that the best way to be heroic when venturing into a burning building is to be equipped with all of the appropriate safety gear—after all, they can’t save others if they themselves are dead or injured! If you’re looking to create a workplace culture that acknowledges and honors those heroes who value the safety of civilians, themselves, and their fellow crew-mates, American Trade Mark sells custom plaques and awards.

Lead By Example

Firefighters often admire and look up to the leading officers, which is why it’s important to always demonstrate the use of PPE when responding to an emergency. When crew members observe their superiors using all of the proper safety equipment, they will feel more compelled to do so as well.

Require ID Tags

Firefighter ID tags are another important part of PPE. These tags can help identify where each crew member is located within a structure as well as document their safe return. American Trade Mark sells custom tags that can be engraved with each crew member’s important information.

Label All PPE

Another way of increasing accountability is to label all protective gear with decals to ensure that each piece is accounted for. American Trade Mark offers reflective decals for helmets and other gear, as well as custom labels if you wish to include firefighters’ names, serial numbers, and other identifying information.

Create Posters As Reminders

Simple visual reminders can help prevent simple forgetfulness that can occur when the heroic instinct kicks in. Eye-catching and easy-to-read posters can remind firefighters that they are not invulnerable to the dangers of a fire and that, in order to continue saving as many lives as possible, PPE is always necessary.

Practice Gearing Up As Quickly As Possible

Sometimes, an emergency can appear so dire that using all of their personal protective gear can seem like a waste of precious time to firefighters. The faster your crew members are able to gear up, the more likely they will choose to do so, which is why it’s important to practice as frequently and quickly as possible and to offer praise to those who do so the fastest.

Firefighter Accountability Tools Nationwide

At American Trade Mark, we are committed to providing accountability tools that save the lives of those who save lives. If you’re looking for products that can help increase your crew’s PPE compliance, contact us today for more information about how our products can help.

Related Posts

Why Is Firefighter Accountability So Important?
Why Is Firefighter Accountability So Important?

At American Trade Mark we know firefighters encounter dangerous conditions on a consistent basis,...

5 Firefighter Retirement Gift Ideas
5 Firefighter Retirement Gift Ideas

When it's time for a firefighter to retire, how do you say thank you...

Know The Principles Of Emergency Management
Know The Principles Of Emergency Management

Learning key emergency management principles and implementing them within your current incident command systems can help...

7 Tips For Officer Safety During Hostage Situations
7 Tips For Officer Safety During Hostage Situations

Desperate criminals and lives on the line—no one wants to be on the front...

First Responder Awards
First Responder Awards

First responders go all out for their communities daily, without any thought of recognition,...

Mobile Incident Command For Better EMS
Mobile Incident Command For Better EMS

American Trade Mark provides mobile incident command systems to emergency responders nationwide. For EMS...

ICS For Search & Rescue Teams
ICS For Search & Rescue Teams

Locate victims while keeping your first responders as safe as possible with ICS for...

Backed UP Traffic On Road
Incident Management Tips For Major Traffic Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents happen every day. In order to protect first responders like firefighters,...

Police Car Light On Road At Night
6 Steps For Better Police ICS

Police incident command is essential for ensuring the safety of officers and the public....

4 Tools For EMS & Paramedic Scene Safety
4 Tools For EMS & Paramedic Scene Safety

EMS and paramedics are often the first lines of help on an emergency scene....

4 PPE Tips For Police & Law Enforcement During A Pandemic
4 PPE Tips For Police & Law Enforcement During A Pandemic

Our police officers and other law enforcement personnel often don’t have the luxury of...

Crowds Safety Covid
Crowds & COVID – 5 Ways To Protect Firefighters

COVID-19 has impacted our communities in every way. Surprisingly, however, despite warnings to distance...

3 Reasons Firefighter Communications Are Important During COVID
3 Reasons Firefighter Communications Are Important During COVID

During a time of mask-wearing and social distancing are firefighters really at risk? After...

Hotel Resort Fire
Protecting Firefighters On Resort & Hotel Fire Scenes

Hotel and resort fires are unique because of the sheer size, height, and number...

5 Cs Radio Communication
The 5 C’s Of Fireground Radio Communications

Share information quickly and clearly in an emergency. Efficient resource allocation, firefighter safety, and...

Tracking First Responders Hoarder Homes
Tracking First Responders In Hoarder Home Fires

Tracking first responders in hoarder home fires is crucial for safety, and at American...

Incident Command Systems
Preventing Firefighter Hazards With Better Fireground Communication

Firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, year after...

Wildfire Incident Command Tools
The Importance Of Incident Command Systems During Wildfire Season

Bolster your current wildfire fireground communications with incident command systems and tools from American...

Custom IC Systems
Accessories & Custom Products For Incident Accountability Systems

At American Trade Mark, we manufacture and distribute custom products and accessories to compliment...

Fireground Communication Boards
Choosing The Right Command Boards To Improve Fireground Communications

At American Trade Mark, we offer incident command boards for departments of all sizes...

Hazmat Firefighting Tips
Hazmat & Industrial Fires: Firefighter Safety Tips & Tools

Get, communicate with, and track the people and information you need during your next...

Efficient Fireground Communications
7 Strategies For Effective Fireground Communications

Ensuring effective fireground communications for both firefighters and incident command with strategic planning and...

Disease Outbreak Safety
Infectious Disease Outbreak Safety Tips For First Responders

American Trade Mark is committed to helping keep our first responders nationwide safe and...

Fire Communication Bad Weather
Fire Department Communication Tips For Bad Weather

Improve fireground communication and firefighter safety with fire department communication tips for bad weather...

IC ISO Firefighter Safety
ISO & Incident Command – Working Together For Safety

At American Trade Mark, we understand that the incident commander and incident safety officer...

Coordinated Emergency Response
Tools For Coordinating Emergency Response

Track departments and communicate more efficiently with tools for coordinating emergency response from American...

EMS Safety Strategies
5 Strategies For EMS Safety

American Trade Mark knows what it means to develop strategies for EMS safety. Our...

Wildfire Incident Command Boards
Better Incident Command In The Wildland Urban Interface

As fires in the wildland-urban interface continue to rise, so do the demands on...

Reduce Firefighter Exposure Tags
Firefighter Tags Limit Chemical Exposure

Limit chemical exposure hazards in your firefighters with accountability tags from American Trade Mark....

Firefighter Survival Tips
9 Safety Tips For Firefighter Survival

Improve your firefighter safety and survival rates with these nine tips from American Trade...

High-Rise Fires
Tips For High-Rise Firefighter Safety

Face the uniquely difficult set of challenges involved in high rise firefighter safety with...

Reducing First Responder Stress
Reducing First Responder Stress With Incident Command

We want to help incident commanders find ways to reduce firefighter stress with tips...

Volunteer Firefighters
Incident Commander Tips For Volunteer Firefighters

As a nationwide provider of firefighter accountability and incident command equipment, American Trade Mark...

Future Fire Command Systems
Future Advancements Of Incident Command Systems

Before diving head first into the latest and perceived greatest, at American Trade Mark,...

History Of Fire Command
History Of Incident Command & Firefighter Safety

Incident command and firefighter safety have come a long way since Benjamin Franklin’s 1736...

Incident Action Fire Emergencies
Incident Action Plans For Fire Scenes & Emergency Response

Don’t get caught off guard on your next emergency response call. At American Trade...

Forest Fires & Fire Scene Safety
Forest Fires & Fire Scene Safety

Whether you are on a dedicated woodland fire crew or IC for a structural...

High stress communication tips for Firefighters
High-Stress Fireground Communication

At American Trademark we've put together some high-stress fireground communication tips for when your...

Command Boards Save Lives
Emergency Management – How Command Boards Save Lives

At American Trademark, we understand that to run an effective emergency response team it...

Active Shooter
Fire & EMS Incident Command Tips For Active Shooter Scenes

During a time when first responders are being asked to be prepared for more...

EMS Board Accountability
EMS Command Boards – Accountability & Safety Initiatives

Count on EMS command boards from American Trade Mark to promote safety and accountability...

defensive-house-fire
How to Keep Firefighters Safe During Defensive Firefighting

If you're wondering how to keep firefighters safe during defensive firefighting, count on the...

wildland-fire-safety
Wildland Fire Safety Products

At American Trade Mark, we serve nationwide as a leading manufacturer of wildland fire...

Firefighter Risk Management
Risk Management & Firefighter Injury

At American Trademark, we want to help you with risk management and firefighter injury...

Accountability Officers
Tips For Accountability Officers

At American Trademark, we've put together a list of useful tips for accountability officers....

Fire Scene Hazards
Common Fire Scene Hazards

At American Trade Mark Co. our priority is helping you stay safe from common...

Firefighter Accountability Products
Top 5 Accountability Products For Firefighters

At American Trademark, we want to make sure that you are aware of how...

Firemen Using Water From Hose For Fire Fighting At Firefight Tra
Preventing LODD – Line Of Duty Deaths

At American Trade Mark, all of our products are made with the safety of...

Firefighter ID Tags
Why Firefighters Wear ID Tags

When you’re a firefighter, everyone looks out for everyone else by wearing ID tags—and...

Firefighter Scene Safety
Firefighter Scene Safety Tips

The most important job of the Incident Commander is firefighter scene safety. Communication, organization,...

Keeping Track Of Gear
Keeping Track Of Your Gear

Equipment accountability is important for first responders which is why American Trade Mark offers accountability...

Magnetic Dry Erase Command Boards
Magnetic & Dry Erase Command Boards

At American Trade Mark, our magnetic and dry erase command boards can streamline and...

Police Incident Command Boards
Law Enforcement Incident Command Boards

At American Trade Mark, we offer law enforcement incident command boards for police and...

Custom Firefighter Decals
Custom Reflective Stickers For Fire Departments

Custom reflective stickers for fire departments are necessary to quickly indicate to crews, safety...

Custom Command Board
Custom Command Boards

To meet the needs of your specific fire department, at American Trade Mark we...

First Responder Scene Safety Products
First Responder Scene Safety Products

American Trade Mark specializes in the manufacturing of first responder scene safety products and...

Account Doc
Fire Personnel Accountability Guide

As an industry leader in products dedicated to fire personnel tracking and accountability plan...

Firefighters
Reducing Firefighter Workplace Injuries

At American Trade Mark, we offer an effective range of accountability products geared towards...

Truck Collector 2
Custom Imprinting For Firefighters

American Trade Mark offers custom imprinting for firefighters and other emergency medical services. We’ve...

Gold Member Cards
Custom Member Cards For Firefighters

American Trade Mark offers a way to honor first responders with custom member cards....

Car Plates
Custom Plates For Emergency Vehicles

American Trade Mark has custom license plates for all types of emergency services. No...

Case Commander™ Incident Command System – Under Storage
Choosing A Command Board

Here at American Trade Mark, we understand that choosing the right command board for...

Fire Department Badges
Custom Engraving & Color Options

American Trade Mark provides multiple custom engraving and color options for our accountability tags....

Low-Tech-High-Tech
Low-Tech & High-Tech Firefighter Accountability Systems

When you want more from a company than just pushing sales, you need to...

Case Commander
Using Accountability Systems With RIT, RIC, & FAST

American Trade Mark Co. is a well-known leader in the firefighter accountability system field...

Case Commander™ Incident Command System – Passport Edition
Velcro Accountability Boards

Safeguard your firefighters with a Velcro accountability board offered by American Trade Mark. This...

Accountablility For Firefighters
Custom Firefighter Accountability Tags

Explore custom firefighter accountability tags by American Trade Mark Co. The site of a...

Fire Department Grants
Fire Department Grants

If your department is looking for additional funding to ensure your firefighters have all...

Case Commander™ Command Board Passport Edition
Passport Accountability Systems (PAS)

American Trade Mark is a leader in firefighter passport accountability systems (PAS) and supporting...

Equipment Marker Decals
Custom Labels For Firefighter Gear

At American Trade Mark we understand the importance of using quality labels for firefighter...

Keeping Track Of Firefighters
Keeping Track Of Firefighters

At American Trade Mark, we serve communities by making it possible to keep track...

Accountability Cone
Accountability Tag Collection for Firefighters

Enhance your fire department’s personnel accountability system with American Trade Mark Co. accountability tag...

Case Commander™ Incident Command System
On Scene Firefighter Personnel Tracking Products

Firefighter tracking systems are a vital part of first responder safety. They help Incident...

Dashboard™ Commander Incident Command System
Incident Command Systems

Having robust Incident Command Systems saves firefighters’ and EMTs’ lives by promoting personnel accountability...

Custom Accountability Tag
Custom Firefighter Accountability Tags

Protect your firefighters with American Trade Mark Co. custom firefighter accountability tags. Our personnel...

Standard Board
Status Boards For Firefighters

Firefighter status boards are an essential part of managing successful fire ground operations. American...

Equipment Marker Decals
Custom Firefighter Equipment Marker Decals

American Trade Mark Co. is a leading manufacturer of firefighter equipment marker decals. Firefighter...