UFA Health and Safety Officer / Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the Membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. At a recent UFA/UFOA Labor/Management Meeting the Chief of Department recently showed his detachment from operations when he stated that, "A third day of Building Inspections might improve response times." Stay well and stay safe!
The FDNY Safety Bulletin #6, "Precautions to Ensure a Safe Response to Alarms" states the following:
4. FROM OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
4.1 Some of the precautions inherent to outside activity response (AFID, Multi-Unit Drill, etc.) should be noted in addition to those discussed above. Two of the most important of these are:
4.2 Because of the above conditions it is important to consider the following points:
- Danger of members hurrying to apparatus.
- Unusual response patterns, unfamiliar to chauffeur and not anticipated by members of the unit or by other units that may be responding to the same alarm.
4.2.1 When it is ascertained that the unit is assigned and is to respond, operate sufficient warning Devices to summon members and alert traffic.
4.2.2 A moment of thoughtful hesitation at some important points may be the difference between
disaster and safety. Members responding to the apparatus in response to the alert signal
shall exercise care in:
4.3 Upon reaching the apparatus all members should take a moment to dress properly in order to:
- Coming out suddenly between parked vehicles or apparatus.
- Darting through moving vehicular traffic in order to cross streets.
- Preventing bodily collision with pedestrians on sidewalks or other areas.
*Please refer to the full Safety Bulletin #6 and familiarize yourself with its content. Responding safely will always be in your best interest. Health and Safety needs to remain an everyday part of your fire routine!
- Be ready for fire duty. (*Please Note: That FDNY Regulations 29.6.12 states the following: "Members performing field inspection duty will wear work/duty uniform of the season. Uniform cap with badge must be worn. Wearing of work/duty jacket is optional. Bunker coat and bunker pants shall not be worn." You must make certain to properly secure your uniform cap with badge before responding!)
- Be properly dressed to direct traffic
Stephen J. Cassidy
Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Officer