I hear the talk now, and then about the 10-Code being done away with. Just say what needs to be said..short and to the point. Instead of 10-76...3 Engine enroute to..... Maybe if everyone knew the 10-Code in the area they worked in, this would help. A code could mean something else in another state. On the fire scene, radio and hand signals are used...radios do go dead; or get lost.

What are the back-ups that can be employed and yet understood by all; or is this just wishful thinking?

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Wow! Thanks for those useful information Capt. Mike! We'll sure be developing hand signals from these.

Stay safe!
Why reinvent the wheel, right? Best of luck to you. Now you can spend your time doing something else than creating graphics for you SOG's... :D

Aloha, CBz
Keep in mind that there are other ways to communicate besides hand signals:
Priceless! LMAO.
Mike, there are some additional signals adapted for crane operators and aerial ladder operators.

The "raise" and "lower" signals in the above list work for crane booms and aerial ladders, but they don't work for all functions on a crane.

Here are the CalOSHA crane hand signals

Here is CalOSHA's chart of secondary signals.

Note that the "extend boom" and "retract boom" signals for telescoping cranes work for aerial ladders. We use those exact signals for aerial extension/retraction at my department unless the aerial is shorthanded and operating without a spotter - a very rare event.
I was looking for my USAR stuff but would appreciate it if you could take point on this. Gracias amigo.
It's not what you say but how you say it that so cracks me up Jack.
De nada.
Hand signals are still important - they convey such deep meaning;

Then there are the other mandatory communication forms:


Some of the essential communication forms are a mix of written and non-verbal...and just wierd.

Hello all,

First off... I know this is an old post,  I found it while doing research for a lesson plan I am working on.

I am working on a standard for my department and I am going to try to get this to be a standard.  A little about my history.... I worked at the school for the deaf for about 5 years.  I am working signs that will assist in both fire fighting and law enforcement since I work for a public safety department.  I just wanted to say that I was encouraged by seeing this. My lesson I am working on will be copyrighted and everytime I teach it the students will get a certificate.  Please let me know what hand signs or equipment you think would be helpful.



In our part of the world (the state of Victoria, Australia), we have a number of standard hand signals which are a part of our SOPs.  The majority are for communication between the pump operator and the branch operators.  In addition, the most common signals are also prominently located on trucks.  This way, it ensures everyone knows the signals. 

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