Safe procedures during salvage, overhaul

By Vincent Dunn

The following are recommended safe operating procedures to take when a smoldering object must be thrown out of a window during overhauling or glass shards removed during salvage:

1. Obtain permission from the officer in command of the fire.

2. Notify, or assign, a firefighter outside the building to clear the area of civilians and act as a safety guard.

3. After the area is clear, the firefighter acting as guard signals when to throw the smoldering objects out or breaks off the jagged glass shards.

4. When all objects have been discarded out the window, notify the firefighter below
assigned as a safety guard. 

  • Vincent Dunn is a retired FDNY Deputy Chief. For more tactical advice and tips, go to For lecture information, call 1-800-231-3388.

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