Firefighter Rehab and NFPA Compliance

NFPA 1584 requires rehab at the scene of all emergancy incidents;as well as training exercises. Highlights of 1584 include nine different specific areas. Some aerea's of importance include Relief from the climatic zones, Calorie and electrolyte replacement, and medical monitoring just to name a few. We are all aware that many of the larger cities across the nation have specific rehab units. These units respond to assignments beyond the first alarm. There are also units such as the salvation army who assist with calorie replacement on scene.

What specific requirements does you department have for rehab on the incident scene?

Does your department or organization comply with 1584?

When responding to a structure fire or specialty incident who is responsable for the rehab sector?

What are your departments specific requirements for training exercises?

Do you compy with 1584 or use the areas which you believe at the time?

Do you have a SOG on rehab and does it comply with the current standard?

When Rehab is not set up, what are the reasons given for failure in this area. Does the organization refuse to be compliant? Or is there just a thought that rehab is for firefighters that can't hack it.

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Comment by Eddie on November 14, 2010 at 7:06pm
Paul you are hitting the nail on the head. As you stated it is required. Unfortunately there are many departments out there who pick and choose what standards they will follow. One of the biggest that comes to mind is 1710 and 1720. Many just don't follow the staffing requirements. Many times this is due to budgetary constraints or deciding that they just will not follow NFPA standards. There are some departments and individuals that believe there is a difference between standard of care for ems and the standard of care for the fire service. The standard of care is the NFPA standard. This is what is expected and what we know needs to be followed.
Comment by Paul Montpetit on November 14, 2010 at 3:46pm
If you check with the US Fire Administration website you will see exactly what is REQUIRED for rehab....NO it is NOT a guideline.....

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