Several members of the audience were dumbfounded when they learned that one of the proposed changes was to allow fire departments to choose their own colors for the chevron striping on the back of apparatus.
One of the typical responses to establishing a standard operating procedure stating that contaminated PPE should not be placed in an apparatus cab is that the crews must remain out of service until they return to the station to have their PPE cleaned or access their second set of PPE.
The survey provided an interesting look (probably for the first time) at what we wear when responding to and mitigating emergency incidents.
This past May, the NFFF convened a working group in Columbus, Ohio, to start the process of identifying ways to develop a national response policy. The working group consisted of 26 subject matter experts from across the country. In the end, there was unanimous and enthusiastic support for the development of a policy.
The fire service does face a clear and present danger if it does not look inward and outward for ways to provide and show current and, especially, added value to the community.
In 2017, 10 firefighters were struck by vehicles. This is more than double what the average has been and, by far, the highest number in the past 40 years.
During this year’s FDIC International, I kept noticing how many new products and product redesigns were focused on contamination control. Clearly, the nation’s firefighters and the equipment suppliers are paying attention. Here is a sampling and brief description of those observations.
All fire departments should become familiar with NFPA 3000 and become leaders in developing unified command and planning for such events.
What about safety? Black is the least visible color, unless your live at the north or south pole. Being conspicuous as emergency responders and having conspicuous apparatus is a safety issue.
The disease doesn’t have a name, and it is not officially recognized. It is a disease of ignorance.