June 2019

Treat Fire Like Hazmats!

Fire 🔥 is Hazmats ☠️ so you should treat it with the same basic operational principles.

Consider using the same systems of work such as:

Hot Zone: Area of gross contamination, for example the building

Warm Zone: Area that will become contaminated, but also where you will decontaminate before moving into the…

Cold Zone: Clean area where the Incident Commander and Entry Control Operative are located.


Carboxyhaemoglobin COHb (CO Levels in Blood)

Ian reminded me of the importance of basic health monitoring of responders, you could argue that employers have a legal duty to monitor exposure levels of its employees when it is foreseeable that WEL will be exceeded. Monitoring CO levels in the blood of Firefighters is routinely done in areas of the US and Canada.

COHb levels can be obtained on scene using equipment carried by HART using a Masimo Rad-57, if levels are high then oxygen can be given to significantly reduce the half life in the blood.

We monitor for blood O2 levels for the public, why don't we do the same for CO with the public and responders?

Just a thought….


Garden Sprayer for Decon?

When considering decontamination following a Hazmats or BA Wear in Smoke, it may be appropriate to consider damping or rinsing your PPE and RPE down to help manage particulate contamination and to cool the kit down before removal. Conventional methods include 19-22mm hose reel, but these are not always practical, and will likley create large unnecessary water run off.

The solution? A 5 Litre sprayer, this will also allow additives such as a 2% natural soap solution to be added to assist, if required, in the decontamination process.

Ridiculous ? No, entirely proportionate to the risk.