Safety in the Fire Service
At the completion of the course, participates will have met the requirements for Incident Safety Officer (ISO) as defined in NFPA 1021: Standard For Fire Officer Professional Qualifications and the standard for Fire Ground Leader as defined by the Department Of Public Safety Standards And Training (DPSST).
The presentation will involve an in depth evaluation of Respiratory Protection, Fire Behavior and the Changing Fire Environment . As the Chief Safety Officer for Portland Fire & Rescue, Chief Keathley focused his efforts on the topic of Respiratory Protection and Firefighter Safety. This consisted of significant research in the areas of firefighter fatalities and injury prevention. During this presentation Chief Keathley will share the findings of his research and emphasize the need for immediate changes in our approach to today's fire environment. He will discuss the ever increasing volatility of the atmosphere we face and the need for modification to our current strategies and tactics.
His findings also made it apparent that the current practices utilized in the fire service were deficient in protecting members from the toxins and carcinogens encountered on the fire ground. An example of these deficiencies involves overhaul procedures and the exposure to toxic gases and particulates during this phase of an incident.
This presentation will identify the underlying causes of firefighter injuries and firefighter fatalities. We will review the consistent findings of numerous articles, case reviews, and research through the use of the NIOSH fatality reporting system. We will focus not only on the causation of injuries and/or fatalities but more importantly, on what preventable actions lead up to their death. We will identify steps that we can take as individuals and as organizations to prevent fatalities and serious injury from occurring. We will address the issue of stress and the impact stress can have on our decision making ability and ultimately the efficiency of our fire ground operations.
We will discuss the importance of a consistent approach to the fire scene that promotes effective apparatus placement, proper status board management and firefighter accountability. We will evaluate construction methods and the unique hazards associated with each type. We will compare commercial verses residential structures and the vast differences between the two. Further, we will discuss an effective approach to basement fires and the hazards they present.
We will discuss the importance of pre-fire planning, building familiarization, and the importance of an unsafe buildings program.
We will identify the realities and limitations of Rapid Intervention and the characteristics of a Mayday incident.
Last but not least, we will examine effective methods of statue board management and practice using these methods while managing simulations through the use of Fire Studio.
Training will consist of a 2 day presentation (December 15 & 16) through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, simulations using Fire Studio, videos, handouts, and group discussion.
Chief Keathley was a member of Portland Fire & Rescue for 27 years and is currently the Division Chief of Emergency Operation for Gresham Fire & Emergency Services. He has been a Chief Officer for twelve years, including two years as a Chief Safety Officer. He has spoken on numerous fire service topics both inside his organization and throughout the region. Chief Keathley is the recipient of the Northwest Association of Fire Trainers (NAFT) 2013 Instructor of the Year and the Oregon Fire Instructors Associations (OFIA) Instructor of the Year for 2014.