Industrial Fire Fighters: Who's qualified to respond?

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The Industrial Firefighting environment is dangerous and extremely demanding. Typically, fires occur in oil refineries, mines, ports, chemical manufacturing plants and other high-hazard industries. Firefighters responding to industrial fires require very specific skill sets and qualifications.

The daily work of any firefighter is difficult, and the industrial firefighter is no different. Where a municipal firefighter saves families, homes, and businesses, these responders work on saving companies, factories, stock, and jobs. Industrial firefighters put their lives at risk daily in this difficult environment. They will also monitor the safety of an industrial organization, its procedures, and its staff. Industrial firefighters will spend a lot of time working within the company to ensure a emergency incident never occurs.

These Industrial firefighters are individuals who are generally employed by large companies or factories that produce potentially flammable materials. When employed by a company, industrial firefighters will hold certain qualifications that allow them to respond. There are a number of issues to be aware of when it comes to these qualifications:

Ability to Respond

The ability to respond to an incident are limited, depending on the qualifications held by an Industrial firefighter. These firefighters may only be able to respond from the exterior or may have advanced qualifications that allow them to partake in interior fire fighting. These qualifications must be tracked to ensure safety and compliance.

Compliance

There are numerous codes of practice industrial fire fighters must ensure their Qualifications are compliant with. For example in the U.S.A they are expected to be in compliance with NFPA standards. The role must also be conducted within the parameters of Health & Safety Legislation as well as industry specific legislation.

Safety

Given the nature of the role of the Industrial fire fighter a focus on safety is paramount. Ensuring that fire fighters have the correct training and qualifications leads to the promotion of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers.

Training

A firefighter who receives the necessary training qualifications is better able to perform their role. They become more aware of safety practices and proper procedures for basic tasks. The training may also build the firefighters confidence because they have a stronger understanding of the industry and the responsibilities of their job.

We're always interested in anything that aids responders in improving your capabilities. Being able to track your qualifications and experience is one of the reasons we created [D4H] Personnel and Training.

Robert Charles [D4H] Technologies

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