Van Buren firefighters attend Incident Safety Officer class

By | June 9, 2018 8:45 am

By Hansel Moore, contributor

A fire scene can be dangerous place for firefighters, especially when multiple departments respond to offer assistance.

Communication between departments and individuals is vital to completing the mission of each call, without injuries to any member of the firefighting team.

An Incident Safety Officer class, in Gatlinburg, was recently attended by members of Cedar Grove and Spencer volunteer fire departments. Its purpose and content promoted on-scene utilization of resources and observation of sight safety for all firefighters.

Each fire scene has unique potential hazards that unravel as the battle again flames persist. The ISO is the individual responsible for monitoring the constantly changing environment at each call. If an unsafe situation is observed, the ISO has the authority to halt operations and reassign as needed.

“This is a culture change for the fire department,” explained Kevin Bivins, chief for Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. “It is another set of eyes watching to protect everyone involved.”

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