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Tailboard Safety

Tailboard Safety is a monthly loss prevention program created for our clients. The intent is to provide information on current safety issues facing emergency responders in a format that will quickly and effectively communicate a safe practice to implement and relate directly to your organization.

Focus On Safety

 

Strategic guideline for incidents

A strategic guideline identifies and outlines basic rules and principles that relate to the major areas of emergency response strategy and scene activity. The uniform application of a strategic guideline that focuses on safety helps produce favorable incident outcomes.

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Include a safety briefing in each training activity

There is no substitute for training. Everything performed in the fire service requires training and safety is paramount in each activity. Include a safety briefing in each training activity.

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Safety remains priority in everything

A true safety culture is demonstrated by keeping safety a priority in everything you do. Integrate a policy into routine practice.

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Safety focus changes for different work environments

Different work environments require you to change your safety focus. Your workplace changes from station to on-the-road scene. As your work environment changes, so must your focus on safety.

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Safety Focus: Preventing strains and sprains

Strains and sprains are frequent types of emergency responder injuries. Understanding their cause and working to prevent them is important in establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing slips, trips & falls

Slips, trips and falls are frequent emergency responder injuries. Understanding their cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing laceration injuries.

Laceration injuries are a frequent emergency responder injury type. Understanding their cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing struck by and struck against injuries

Struck by injuries (falling debris or equipment) and struck against (vehicle, equipment, fire debris, etc.) are a frequent emergency responder injury. Understanding their cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Focus on preventing smoke inhalation injuries

Smoke inhalation is a common emergency responder injury. Understanding its cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing burn injuries

Burns are frequent injury when it comes to the firefighting industry. Understanding the cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing chemical injuries and dermatitis

Chemical injuries and dermatitis (skin inflammation) are common injuries when it comes to the firefighting industry. Understanding the cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing extreme weather injuries

Depending on what part of the country you live, weather extremes (hot or cold; windy or dry; etc.) are a common cause of emergency responder injuries. Understanding the cause and prevention is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Preventing infectious disease incidents

Exposure to infectious diseases is a concern anytime body fluids are present at an incident. Understanding the risks and methods of precaution is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Reporting infectious disease incidents.

Exposure to infectious diseases REQUIRES reporting and monitoring. Understanding the risks and methods of precaution and reporting requirements is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Physicals

Physicals become a primary tool to personal safety and conducting them regularly is important to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Fit Testing is crucial to respiratory protection equipment

Fit testing is a critical requirement to effective use of respiratory protective equipment and preventing related exposure to chemicals and products of combustion. Conduct them regularly to establish a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Mandated personal protective equipment use

Mandatory use of personal protective equipment – bunker gear (hoods, boots, bunker pants, bunker coats, helmets, gloves), self-contained breathing apparatus and other appropriate equipment is an emergency responder’s front line against injury and illness.

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Safety Focus: Understanding flow path and its relation to safety

Fire ground safety requires that officers understand flow path impact before subjecting firefighters to fire suppression situations. Full understanding is crucial to establishing a safety culture.

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Safety Focus: Understanding ventilation impact on visibility and safety

Fire ground safety requires that officers understand the impact that proper and effective ventilation has on visibility and safety.

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Safety Focus: Rehabilitation

Emergency scene rehabilitation is a critical component of overall scene management and firefighter safety.

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Safety Focus: Equipment Cleaning

Dirty equipment of any type can lead to firefighter illness or injury, including cancer.

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