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?
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.