Firefighters face extreme working conditions during emergency incidents and training evolutions. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), firefighters are more likely to die in potentially preventable incidents during training ground operations and/or fire ground operations because of complacency and the lack of medical screening and rehab operations on the fire ground. In fact, a study from the USFA found that up to 100 firefighters die each year from either cardiovascular events or traumatic injuries.
Our new NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehab course helps to address this problem by reviewing the requirements and guidelines for rehab operations in all types of emergency response scenes, including topics related to NFPA 1584 and NFPA 1500. Students will learn more about the regulation and standards that are relevant to firefighter rehab, staff responsibilities and setting up rehab operations. They’ll also learn about the medical evaluation and treatment guidelines set forth for personnel entering rehab at an emergency incident.
This course is crucial to ensuring our firefighters have the basic knowledge needed to protect themselves at an incident scene and/or training ground operation. Having the knowledge to setup a rehab sector, monitor firefighters in rehab to ensure their safety, and to mitigate risk to physical and mental harm is important to the safety of these first responders.
Judson Smith, Medic-CE vice president