A safety statement is to
serve as a reminder as to the importance of our safety
effort to control losses involving fire personnel. The
Governing Parties and the Fire Chief are deeply
concerned about injuries and other losses experienced by
Almost all accidents involve
human error, making them avoidable. That is why it
is the policy of fire services that everyone must make
the prevention of all accidents a top priority. The
policies and programs that are in place are there for
the benefit of everyone, and they are not to be
overlooked. But as experience will tell you, not every
problem can be entirely addressed by a set of
guidelines. Every department member has a responsibility
to use common sense when faced with a hazardous
situation so that unsafe conditions can be controlled or
eliminated to the best of our abilities. If you are ever
in doubt about what to do, ask your supervisor. One
important point to remember is that preventing accidents
takes teamwork and we must watch out for each other. To
better coordinate our efforts, the following elements of
our safety program must be utilized.
DEPARTMENT OFFICERS –
Department officers are
responsible for the instruction, both initial and in
service, of all department members under their guidance
in regard to proper procedures and safety methods to be
utilized. Department officers are also responsible for
taking immediate corrective measures to eliminate or
minimize hazardous conditions and/or practices.
Department officers must at all times enforce
established safety practices and will not permit safety
to be sacrificed for any reason.
DEPARTMENT MEMBERS -
Department members must
accept the primary responsibility for the prevention of
accidents so that our department members have a safe and
healthy workplace. In doing so, department members must
provide the incentive and full support of all safety
procedures, training, hazard elimination efforts, etc.
Department members must make every reasonable effort to
ensure that they are fully informed on all applicable
health and safety issues.
Also, department members
must constantly review the effectiveness of the over all
safety effort for which they are responsible and make
changes as necessary.
DEPARTMENT MEMBERS –
Department members must
realize that accidents are usually the result of human
error and that they have the most to lose by taking
unnecessary risks. It is much easier to prevent
accidents than to experience the consequences of one.
Some major points of our safety program that require
special attention include:
accidents, including near-miss accidents, must be
immediately to your supervisor.
In the event of an injury accident, medical aid
should be sought without delay following the steps
set forth by department policy.