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Comment by Ed Mello on August 6, 2013 at 5:21pm

HSO CERTIFICATION: The Public Safety Education Network (http://www.publicsafetyedu.com/) offers an on-line HSO course.  Those that successfully complete the course can take an exam for Pro Board Certification as an HSO.  The course fee is $80.00 and the exam fee is $95.00.  The course book is the 3rd edition of "Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services" by James S Angle.  You can purchase the book from Amazon.com

Comment by Ed Mello on August 6, 2013 at 5:18pm

ISO CERTIFICATION: The Public Safety Education Network (http://www.publicsafetyedu.com/) offers an on-line ISO course.  Those that successfully complete the course can take an exam for Pro Board Certification as in ISO.  The course fee is $80.00 and the exam fee is $95.00.  The course book is the 2rd edition of "Fire Department Incident Safety Officer" by David W. Dodson.  You can purchase the book from Amazon.com

Comment by Bob Bennett on April 2, 2012 at 3:31pm

If you all look in the NFPA 1500. All your questions  about the safety officers job should be answered.

Comment by doug smith on March 3, 2012 at 8:01pm

Better to be safe,  then sorry, with alot of things in the fire service and that includes CO !!

Comment by Ed Mello on February 2, 2012 at 11:33am

Chuck,

From my experience I'd have to say that NO ONE should enter a CO situation without full PPE & SCBA.  Wearing SCBA with your mask hanging cannot protect you from CO.  Yes, maybe you only breathe a little, but CO is cumulative so why take the chance?

Ed

Comment by Jim Vieira on January 27, 2012 at 5:14pm
Chuck,
My departments policy is to send one engine company, Special Hazards (Rescue), one Ambulance and Paramedic 1, which is a SUV (we run a two teir system). All firefighters are to wear SCBA, if there is evidence of CO, they are to vacate, go on air and reassess the situation.

Actually, our firefighters dob SCBA for all calls such as building alarms, vehicle fires etc.
Comment by Chuck Shutters on January 27, 2012 at 4:25pm

Hello all,

I have a question regarding your response to non-emergency CO alarms.  Currently our policy is to wear our SCBA's with our masks hanging, and run a gas meter through the area. In the event of a positive reading, pull back and reassess the situation.  My question is, Do any of your departments have policies in place requiring the first due company to be on air when first entering the area, or Do you not even require them to don SCBA's? also, How many companies do you have respond on CO alarms?  This is quickly turning into a hot topic at our department and I am just looking for some insight regarding other departments policies...

Comment by Jim Vieira on January 13, 2012 at 6:27pm
I'm my departments safety/training officer and hold the rank of Battalion Chief
Comment by Tommy Thombs on May 31, 2011 at 9:48am
Hi Roberta,
Most states have specific standards for firefighting and related work (water rescue, confined space work, etc.). In WA, our standards are at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-305 I suggest you enter your state "name" and "safety standards for firefighters" into a search engine, to see if your state's standards are online.
Then, the safety officer assists their dept. with making sure the standards are being followed, and necessary documentation is completed. I hope this helps. Your job is to help keep your team as safe as possible. Helping your team develop a safe attitude about the job is often the hardest part. That has to come from the highest dept. management to the newest recruit.
Best regards,
Tommy
Comment by Roberta Torres on May 31, 2011 at 2:56am
what is the job description of a safety officer? I have appointed a safety officer i could use some assistance on my requirements ..thank you...
 

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