Aug 01, 2021
FSC 128 - Incident Safety Officer 1 Credits, 1 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 0 lab periods
Concepts, techniques and skills for the Company Officer (CO) to function as the Safety Officer at fire department incident operations. Includes decision-making skills and personal safety (safety cues). Includes a focus on Safety Officer’s responsibility in responding to incident scenes. Also includes incident-specific, scene-oriented application using safety scenarios.
Information: This class meets State of Arizona Fire Marshal requirements: NFPA 1983, NFPA 1500 special operations, NFPA 1670.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Define the role of the Incident Safety Officer at emergency scenes.
- Describe the regulations, standards, and policies as they apply to the ISO.
- Define risk management in terms of incident scene safety.
- Discuss the role of the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) within the Incident Command System.
- Utilize various record-keeping and documentation practices of the ISO.
- Identify the role of Risk Management as it relates to the fire service.
- Recognize the various emergency incident safety considerations.
- Demonstrate key communications and monitoring techniques, which are critical in handling emergency scene safety.
- Synthesize and utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be an Incident Safety Officer (ISO).
- Differentiate safe and unsafe actions and operations based on safety cues.
- Identify pre-emergency measures that will reduce firefighter injuries.
- Assess for risks that may present hazards to firefighting personnel at emergency incidents.
- Manuals and introductions
- Student manuals.
- Issue student manual (SM). Students may want to take notes on real-life examples that the instructor or other students may offer
- The SM is essentially a reference work, but will be used for unit activities
- Individual student introductions
- State name, department, and position
- State what you hope to take away with you when you complete the course
- Identify an incident safety problem within your department
- Goal, Scope and Target Audience
- Provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be an effective Incident Safety Officer (ISO)
- Scope: the correct actions for an ISO to take while functioning at an incident
- Audience: Company Officers (CO’s) who are experienced in firefighter safety issues and are familiar with an Incident Command System (ICS)
- Course Overview
- Role of the Incident Safety Officer
- Identify safe and unsafe actions and operations based on safety cues.
- Regulations, standards, and policies
- Identify applicable regulations, standards, and policies that affect the ISO
- Recordkeeping and documentation
- Identify the documentation tasks that must be performed by the ISO
- Risk management
- Define risk management in terms of incident scene safety
- Identify pre-emergency measures.
- Forecast risks that may present hazards to personnel.
- Incident considerations: communications and monitoring
- Working within an ICS
- Monitoring actions at an incident
- Making changes to department policy and procedures based on incident outcome
- Personal checklist
- Allows students an opportunity to evaluate their departments’ ISO programs.
- Story of the Incident Command System
- Impetus for the development of an improved interagency incident management system
- Devastating wildland fires in Southern California in the early 1970’s
- Examining various aspects of interagency response to incidents
- Evaluate acronym, which derives its name from:
- Fire Resources of California
- Organized for potential emergencies
- Primarily a command and control system delineating job responsibilities and organizational structure
- Purpose is the management of day-to-day operations for any emergency or non-emergency situation
- Flexible enough to manage catastrophic incidents involving thousands of emergency response and management personnel
- National Inter-Agency Incident Management System (NIIMS)
- Developed by the wildland community to provide a common system for wildland fire protection agency use at local, State, and Federal levels
- The NIIMS organization includes the following agencies:
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Representatives of State foresters
- National Park Service
- Consists of five major subsystems:
- The ICS
- Operating requirements
- Eight interactive components
- Procedures for organizing and operating an on-scene management structure
- Standardized training
- Nationwide qualifications and certification system
- Publications management
- Supporting technologies
- Need for a single ICS
- Inconsistencies in the system began to develop, and hybrid systems came into existence
- Single system is critical to effective command and control of major incidents
- Reduce inherent confusion that may be associated with larger scale incidents where local, State, and Federal agencies work together
- National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium
- Created in 1990 to evaluate an approach to developing a single Command system
- Purpose was to determine what ICS would look like in the future
- Consortium consists of many individual fire service leaders, representatives of most major fire service organizations, and representatives of Federal agencies, including FIRESCOPE
- Identified the need to develop operational protocols within ICS, so that fire and rescue personnel would be able to apply the ICS as one common system
- Model Procedures Guide for Structural Firefighting
- First Consortium document that was completed (1993)
- Basic premise is that now the organizational structure found in the FIRESCOPE ICS is enhanced with operational protocols
- Protocols allow the Nation’s fire and rescue personnel to apply the ICS effectively, regardless of area of the country
- National Fire Academy (NFA)
- Adopted FIRESCOPE ICS in 1980
- Has incorporated this material into its training curriculum
- Other FIRESCOPE Model ICS applications
- Hazardous Materials
- Urban Search and Rescue (US&R)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally adopted FIRESCOPE ICS as the Incident Management System for any Federal Response
- Review administrative issues if there are any questions
- The ISO must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform effectively at an incident
- Functions of the on-scene safety officer
- Audience should be CO’s familiar with safety issues
- Safety cues
- This concept will be used throughout the course
- Safety cues are conditions or indications that the ISO needs to be aware of at an incident scene
- These conditions or indications could be structural, unsafe acts by personnel, or unsafe conditions
- The experienced ISO, when operating at an incident scene, will focus on these safety cues
Full Academic Year 2018/19
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