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What Are the Best Tips for Firefighter Safety?

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  • Written By: Esther Ejim
  • Edited By: Kaci Lane Hindman
  • Last Modified Date: 05 September 2016
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By its very nature, firefighting is not the safest of jobs since it requires a lot of precautions and adherence to rules aimed at ensuring firefighter safety. Some firefighter safety tips include training for how to be proactive in terms of safety consciousness and protection against potentially hazardous materials. Other firefighter safety tips include how to properly conduct safety operations as well as how to properly use the protective equipment utilized by firefighters.

When firefighters are recruited, part of their initial orientation includes intensive training that involves simulated instructions on the intricacies of firefighting. Such training is necessary in order to help prepare the firefighters for the rigors of the profession. In this sense, the firefighter safety tips would include a proviso for the firefighters undergoing the training to mix the practical and theoretical knowledge they may have gained with their own natural survival instincts, which may be the only object between them and a potentially perilous situation. Firefighters must also learn how to be very observant and how to continuously scan the environment for any potentially dangerous conditions that may not have been there a minute ago, but has developed within a short time frame.

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An example of situations that may develop in such a manner is a roof that may be threating to collapse within a few minutes, even if this development was not there when the firefighters put themselves in harm’s way. Assuming firefighters scan a burning building and decide that even though the structure has been compromised, the firefighters will still have enough time to go into a relatively unscathed part of the building to check for any people who may be stuck. Such a situation could change suddenly if the damaged part of the building should suddenly shift, leading to the imminent collapse of the whole building. In this case, it would pay for the firefighters to rely on their training in order to safely and expeditiously leave the premises.

Another inclusion in firefighter safety tips is the proper use and handling of the various firefighter safety equipment. This includes the use of respiratory protectors and fire retarding clothing material. It also pays to know how to handle the various equipment that are used in firefighting, including the fire extinguishers and other equipment.

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