Health & Safety: Safety Messages

65-2 #90 November 7th, 2007

Safety Message #07 Apparatus Response from Outside Activities

UFA Health and Safety Officer / Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the Membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. At a recent UFA/UFOA Labor/Management Meeting the Chief of Department recently showed his detachment from operations when he stated that, "A third day of Building Inspections might improve response times." Stay well and stay safe!

The FDNY Safety Bulletin #6, "Precautions to Ensure a Safe Response to Alarms" states the following:

4.1 Some of the precautions inherent to outside activity response (AFID, Multi-Unit Drill, etc.) should be noted in addition to those discussed above. Two of the most important of these are:

  • Danger of members hurrying to apparatus.
  • Unusual response patterns, unfamiliar to chauffeur and not anticipated by members of the unit or by other units that may be responding to the same alarm.
4.2 Because of the above conditions it is important to consider the following points:

4.2.1 When it is ascertained that the unit is assigned and is to respond, operate sufficient warning Devices to summon members and alert traffic.

4.2.2 A moment of thoughtful hesitation at some important points may be the difference between disaster and safety. Members responding to the apparatus in response to the alert signal shall exercise care in:

  • Coming out suddenly between parked vehicles or apparatus.
  • Darting through moving vehicular traffic in order to cross streets.
  • Preventing bodily collision with pedestrians on sidewalks or other areas.
4.3 Upon reaching the apparatus all members should take a moment to dress properly in order to:

  • Be ready for fire duty. (*Please Note: That FDNY Regulations 29.6.12 states the following: "Members performing field inspection duty will wear work/duty uniform of the season. Uniform cap with badge must be worn. Wearing of work/duty jacket is optional. Bunker coat and bunker pants shall not be worn." You must make certain to properly secure your uniform cap with badge before responding!)
  • Be properly dressed to direct traffic
*Please refer to the full Safety Bulletin #6 and familiarize yourself with its content. Responding safely will always be in your best interest. Health and Safety needs to remain an everyday part of your fire routine!


Stephen J. Cassidy

William Romaka
Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Officer