Firefighting Safety

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Regular training on basic and new safety techniques is essential.

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Fire is not the only danger firefighters face. Every day firefighters also put their lives on the line responding to other dangerous situations such as industrial or environmental incidents, land and water rescue operations, and large-scale medical emergencies.

Firefighters may work for the following:

  • Cities.
  • Counties.
  • Metropolitan areas.
  • State agencies.
  • Fire brigades.
  • Wild land operations.
  • Volunteer fire departments.

Daily activities can expose firefighters to serious hazards such as noise, heat stress/exhaustion, toxic chemicals, strains and other soft tissue injuries, burns, cave-ins/engulfment, respiratory illnesses, slips, trips, and falls.

Employers must address these hazards by ensuring an effective Accident Prevention Program is in place and implemented, proper selection, use and care of personal protective equipment(PPE), execution of incident command at fire scenes and use of a 2-in/2-out system.

Revised rules for firefighters will go into effect January 1, 2014

Read the safety standards for firefighters (

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