(February 24, 2017) Give your crew the information needed to keep them safe. Have a discussion about your department’s safety and risk management processes and when you're done, keep the conversation going on Twitter by using #TailboardSafety.
Dirty equipment of any type can lead to firefighter illness or injury, including cancer. It is important that fire and EMS personnel clean their equipment after each use to help prevent fatal diseases. If you get into that practice, you will have an exceptional start at sustaining a firefighter safety culture.
According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of death amongst career firefighters with more than 60% dying from cancer.
Discuss the following:
• Do you have an equipment cleaning protocol, from cleaning everything after each use to enhanced organizational safety culture?
• if yes, discuss how you are successful.
• If no, how can you develop a procedure to accomplish this?
Download a copy of Safety focus: Equipment Cleaning.
Find this and any editions you missed on our Tailboard Safety page.
This monthly loss prevention program has been created for you – our clients. The program is intended 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.