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Scene safety basics

Know the basics and have the instinct to remember and use the basics of firefighting! These can be applied to a few different topics.

With PPE, there is a reason we are given turnout gear — to protect us. But it cannot protect us if we do not wear it and wear it properly.

Let’s take our hoods for example. They should not be used as an option but as a standard. Having them around our neck or in our pocket is not doing us any good.

In addition, know your ladders. Know which way to carry them to the scene and raise them properly and safely.

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Fire Chief Ralph Stegbauer and Firefighter Jeffery Skaggs were killed when the mechanical lift they were in fell over