The FireRescue1 tips section offers tactical and safety advice aimed at helping fire and rescue personnel better deal with the difficult and dangerous situations encountered daily.
These tips and resources, provided by industry experts and members, range from ways to prep your apparatus for the winter to ensuring your SCBA face piece is properly cleaned. Because most tips are based off of real-world experience, we encourage you to submit your own tips.
All Firefighter Tips
Avoid supply-line kinks
One way to alleviate the kinks is to make a big "O" with the supply line.
No matter which way is chosen, it needs to be easily accessible and easily carried by one person.
Get maximum hydrant water
Avoid using a 2.5-inch to a 4- or 5-inch appliance — this will add considerable friction loss.
Place tools at the hydrant's base
The base of the hydrant is a good landmark for your tools and appliances, ensuring that they will not get lost.
Angle the truck
This will force motorists to go around the scene or to stop all together if needed.
The vest should be approved for traffic use and have the proper reflective stripping.
Light up the scene and road
Be sure to illuminate the work area and warn other drivers that firefighters are working on the road.
Winter apparatus prep
It is important to have fire trucks ready to respond in every type of weather.
Ensure the SCBA regulator seats
Give a little tug on the regulator to make sure that it is firmly and securely locked.
Wash your face piece
Removing contaminates reduces your risk of exposure.
Turn off your PASS
It is important to prevent these false activations, as they foster a culture of complacency.
Roof hooks out
You don't want sharp prongs poking you in the face or head when trying to climb a ladder.
Count the missing teeth
If there isn't a recommendation made or to be found, consult a local dealer to find the information.
Nozzles on pre-connected hose lines can also be readied for action.
Listen to your equipment
It allows you to listen to the engine and other moving parts to ensure that everything sounds as it should.
Stage your equipment
Doing this removes needed steps to start it once it is needed.
Drink a lot of water over the course of the shift or working day.
Keep a clean face
The SCBA face piece cannot make an airtight seal against a firefighters face if whiskers are present.
Clean the SCBA face piece
he face piece is exposed to all kinds of dirt and grime from the fireground and exposure in the station as well as in the truck.
Clean the truck windows
Use window cleaner to clean the inside and outside of the windshield and side windows as well as the mirrors.
Keep the hydrant kit low
Keeping it low makes the job easier and decreases the potential for injury.
Open your gate valves slowly
Open the valve partially to allow water to fill the line first, then fully open it to allow the water to pressurize the line.
Check your batteries
It's better to waste batteries with some life left than what's left of your own life.
Never stop learning
Many firefighters stop learning once they complete their recruit training — this is a mistake.
Listen first, then speak
Sometimes listening goes further than trying to offer some type of answer.
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