Fire & Rescue Services Safety Office
The Division of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS) Safety Office is responsible for the safety, health and welfare of fire and rescue personnel. The Safety Captain is the Section Safety Officer and is responsible for the management and oversight of the safety management plan and program. Safety Officers also respond to fire, rescue and EMS incidents.
Our fire and rescue personnel are our greatest asset and our goal is to make sure they are equipped regarding how to stay safe while responding to emergencies in Frederick County, MD.
Message from Chief Owens,
I STARTED my service during the time of aluminum helmets, canvas turnout coats with a single wool liner, ¾ rubber boots, red ball rubber gloves, no hoods, MSA canister masks that only “filtered” the smoke and “scrubbed” the CO2 from the smoke we breathed. There were no portable radios, we rode the back step of engines and the side running boards of ladder trucks, 1-1/2 inch attack lines with 80gpm nozzles and we saw a lot of active fires. During the days with this type of technology, the statistics show we lost an average of 100 firefighters per year who died in the line of duty.
TODAY…..we have a protective clothing envelope of space age materials with a very high thermal protection rating and we are encapsulated from head to toe. Our breathing apparatus is state of the art, positive pressure, self-contained with personal alert safety alarms, our apparatus is fully enclosed with seats, seatbelts and airbags, radio technology is individual with emergency alert capability, fire attack is made with larger caliber streams, we have safety officers assigned, formal procedures for command, control and operations….and we see fewer active fires. Today, with this type of technology, the statistics show that we continue to lose an average of 100 firefighters per year who die in the line of duty.
SO…….if the advancement in firefighting technology is not reducing the number of firefighter deaths……...then what is the problem…….
THE PROBLEM IS US.
It is clear that the only way we will reduce or eliminate the number of firefighter deaths is for each of us to take personal responsibility for our attitude toward safety, our individual actions that put ourselves or others at unnecessary risk and our individual omissions that put ourselves or others at unnecessary risk.
WE ARE THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM……..LET’S SOLVE IT TOGETHER.
REMEMBER….YOU CAN BE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY TODAY….AND NOT DIE FOR 20 YEARS……WEAR YOUR SCBA AND CLEAN YOUR GEAR….ALL YOUR GEAR…..REGULARLY.
CANCERS ARE TAKING OUR LIVES AT AN ALARMING RATE….PROTECT YOUR FUTURE HEALTH TODAY.