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1 2014 BEST Complex / ISTC. All Rights Reserved

2 Table of Contents Emergency Contact Information Police, Fire, EMS, and Hospital Information... 2 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements Level Level Level Level Respiratory Protection Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Use... 5 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use during Project Ignition... 5 Requirements for Exterior PPE use... 6 Exterior Projects... 6 Requirements for Interior PPE use... 6 Interior Projects Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use When Racking Fire Hose... 7 Rescue... 7 Rehabilitation Available Equipment... 8 Heat Stress Heat Cramps Heat Exhaustion... 9 Heat Stroke... 9 Facilities Injuries Inclement Weather Procedures Smoking Policies Pedestrian Safety Vehicle Safety Project-Specific Safety Items Classroom Safety Facility evacuation

3 Emergency Contact Information Beaumont Police Department Non-Emergency Emergency 911 Beaumont Fire Rescue Services Emergency 911 Beaumont Emergency Medical Services Emergency 911 Hospitals / Emergency Rooms (Nearest) Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital (5-Minutes, 3.2 Miles) 2830 Calder Avenue Beaumont, Texas Baptist Hospital (8-Minutes, 3.3 Miles) 3800 College Street Beaumont, Texas Safety Manual Welcome to Beaumont Emergency Services Training (BEST) Complex. This Safety manual was developed to assist our participants, instructors, visitors, vendors, and observers in understanding and complying with the BEST Complex safety requirements. This manual is applicable to all persons entering BEST Complex. It is the expectation of BEST Complex that all persons that enter the property comply with the requirements of this manual. All new information is in red text. All training shall be conducted in accordance with this manual and any applicable regulations and standards. Deviations from the policies contained in this manual may be approved by BEST Complex Management, if the requested deviation enhances the safety of the participants. In no instance will the safety of participants be degraded. Requests for deviations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. BEST Complex personnel reserve the right to discontinue any evolution if safety standards are not met. Persons under the age of 18 shall not participate in Live-Fire training evolutions. 2

4 Municipal paid and volunteer organized fire departments should familiarize themselves with the requirements found in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program and NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medicine Program for Fire Departments. Industrial Brigades, Emergency Brigades, Emergency Response Teams, Fire Teams, plant emergency organizations or mine emergency response teams should familiarize themselves with company policies regarding occupational medical and safety and health programs. Live-fire training shall be conducted by any entity, using Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and in full compliance with the requirements of NFPA 1403, Standard for Live Fire Training Evolutions, and NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. Attendance and tracking of personnel on the field (accountability) is the responsibility of the company receiving the training. BEST Complex personnel can assist in this endeavor; however, the company is primarily responsible for accountability. Loose jewelry, such as necklaces, hoop earrings, and dangling earrings, is prohibited. It is highly recommended that all piercing adornments be removed for the duration of the training evolution for the individual s safety. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements To ensure the safety of our participants, visitors, vendors, observers, and staff, the following PPE policy has been adopted. The policy is based upon four levels of protection, with Level 1 as the lowest level of protection. This policy is to be followed during any activity regardless of location. No shorts, sleeveless shirts, sandals, open toed shoes, or non-approved footwear is allowed in classrooms or on the field. Loose jewelry is prohibited in all levels of PPE. By registering for training, instructors and participants signify that: They have read the BEST Complex Safety Manual They agree to abide by the requirements of the BEST Complex Safety Manual at all times, and They will make arrangements to bring the proper PPE with them to the training. Level 1 This is the lowest level of protection for admittance to the field. Level 1 is for courses where participants are not directly involved with hands-on training. 3

5 Examples include classroom training, meetings, vendor servicing, observing training, demonstrations, photographing. This level is comprised of: Full-length pants are required for all participants; shorts are strictly prohibited. Short sleeves are allowed, but sleeveless shirts are prohibited Sturdy closed-toed shoes are required. Open-toed shoes are prohibited. Level 2 This level of protection is the minimum requirement for the following hands-on training: Live-fire extinguisher training, incipient level live-fire training, Rescue training (minus the FRC requirement), HAZMAT training (minus the FRC requirement). This level is comprised of all Level 1 requirements plus the following: Approved Fire Retardant Clothing for upper and lower body. This must be worn as the outer most layer of clothing. NFPA-approved helmet with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) faceshield, or NFPA-approved goggles, or both. Goggles are not recommended for use during exterior fire training activities; or American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z.89-approved hardhat (for non-live fire training activities) ANSI standard Z.87 approved safety glasses with side shields (for non-live fire training activities) NFPA-approved steel toe firefighter s boots or ANSI Z.41-approved steel toe safety boots. NFPA-approved firefighter s gloves or suitable work gloves for the training activities. Level 3 This level of protection is the minimum requirement for any exterior, live-fire training activity where smoke inhalation does not occur or is incidental to the activity and is comprised of all Level 1 requirements plus the following: NFPA-approved structural firefighter s coat and pants: Must meet all applicable NFPA standards Must be in good condition with all NFPA approval tag in place All closures are in place and in good working condition No tears or holes in gear Must be a complete set (coat and pants with suspenders) Full-length pants are required to be worn in conjunction with bunker gear; shorts are strictly prohibited NFPA-approved firefighter s helmet with ear flaps NFPA-approved helmet with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) faceshield, or NFPA-approved goggles, or both. Goggles are not recommended for use during exterior fire training activities. Sunglasses or other eyewear worn in conjunction with an NFPA helmet and faceshield must meet ANSI standard Z.87 NFPA-approved firefighting hood; double hooding is not allowed 4

6 NFPA-approved steel toe firefighter s boots NFPA-approved firefighter s gloves NFPA-approved firefighting personal protective clothing must be in good standing with all NFPA 1851 requirements. NOTE: This requirement is the responsibility of the individual or company providing the equipment and or clothing and, if needed, individuals or companies can be asked to provide documentation of compliance with the standard. Level 4 This level of protection is the minimum requirement for any interior live-fire training and is comprised of all Level 3 requirements plus the use of an NFPA-approved Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) device. All SCBA and PASS devices used must be in compliance with NFPA 1981 for SCBA and NFPA 1982 for PASS devices. Respiratory Protection Participants required to wear respiratory protection during training exercises should have received prior training, fit testing, and a medical survey by their employer or department prior to enrolling in a course. By enrolling in a course which requires the use of respiratory protection, the participant implies these requirements have been met by his/her employer or department. BEST Complex has Scott brand 2216 low-pressure SCBA available for rental and the masks are AV Prior coordination for BEST Complex SCBA is required. When companies bring their own SCBA for use, the company represents that its SCBA program is in compliance with applicable regulations. The following guidelines will be followed for the use of respiratory equipment. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Use All SCBA and PASS devices used must be in compliance with NFPA 1981 for SCBA and NFPA 1982 for PASS devices. SCBAs will be used by all participants, instructors, and staff (instructors) during training evolutions involving: Interior structure fires When wearing an SCBA, there should be no facial hair in the seal area of the facepiece. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NFPA allow no more than a one-day growth of facial hair. Follow OSHA for specifics regarding facial hair. Your instructor will approve or disapprove your use of respiratory equipment. Students may be required to clean and sanitize SCBA components with solution or wipes provided by BEST Complex prior to returning the SCBA to the trailer. BEST Complex instructors will inform 5

7 participants of the proper procedures for the Scott brand SCBA used during training. Participants should notify BEST Complex personnel if they are allergic to iodine prior to wearing and or cleaning their facepiece. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use during Project Ignition BEST Complex personnel will serve as the ignition officer for all projects, there will be no exceptions. To ensure the safety of the ignition officer and participants, the following guidelines will be followed: Be aware of wind direction and ignite the project from the upwind side. Use only the BEST Complex provided propane torch to ignite projects All propane torches are to be turned off at the completion of the training evolution(s) prior to exiting the project Requirements for Exterior PPE Use: Once an exterior project has been ignited, anyone (staff and participants) entering the hot zone must be in full PPE as defined by Level 3. The hot zone for exterior projects is defined by crossing the concrete berm area and/or walking onto the project pad. Exterior Projects The ignition officer is to be in Level 3 PPE during project ignition. Verify with the fueler where the best ignition location is on the upwind side of the project. Charged hose lines are to be in place and manned to protect the ignition officer. A monitor and spotter can be used in lieu of hose lines to protect the ignition officer. After ignition, the propane torch is to be placed in a safe location (uphill and upwind) at the outer edge of the project pad. All fixed and portable master streams must be manned during tactical operations when discharging water. Requirements for Interior PPE Use and Operations: Once an interior project has been ignited, anyone (staff and participants) entering the hot zone must be in full PPE as defined by Level 4, with the SCBA in operation. Interior Projects Use of portable radios are required during interior evolutions When smoke machines only are used and there is no live-fire, all instructors and participants will still breathe from an SCBA. The smoke is non-toxic from these machines but can irritate the respiratory tract and eyes. 6

8 The instructor-in-charge, in coordination with the safety officer, will direct the actions of the ignition officer. The ignition officer is required to be in Level 4 PPE during the ignition of the project. Charged hose lines are to be in place and manned to protect the ignition officer. Propane torches are to be removed from the project s interior after ignition and placed in a safe location at the outer perimeter of the operations area. Once the project is ignited, anyone crossing the red line on the project pad is required to be in Level 4 PPE with SCBA in operation. Companies registering for training are hereby notified that several roles must be filled by company instructors / participants during interior operations. The instructor-student ratio applicable to interior operations in NFPA 1403 must be maintained. BEST Complex personnel and the company that is training will combine personnel to meet these objectives. At a minimum the company will be responsible for providing the following: o Incident Commander o Accountability Officer o Search and Rescue Instructor (if performing search and rescue operations) o Ventilation Instructor (if performing ventilation operations) o Two (2) qualified firefighters for RIT / RIC (Rapid Intervention Team / Crew) o RIT / RIC Instructor BEST Complex will provide: o Instructor-in-Charge o Safety Officer o Ignition Officer o Air Technician Note: Companies on a rental basis for Interior Live-fire must fill all roles the above roles with their own personnel. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use When Racking Fire Hose Fire hose will only be racked upon command of the Instructor In Charge after all fire has been extinguished and project valves have been reopened. NFPA-approved helmet with shield down, gloves, and boots will be worn while racking hose. Extra caution should be used when handling hose couplings, and when placing fire hose on rack as they can flip upwards and come between the faceshield and chin area of the face. 7

9 Rescue Companies are required to account for their personnel during rescue evolutions and will appoint an Accountability Officer. Participants in the following courses are required to have at least the following safety equipment: Rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue courses: NFPA 1971, 1977, or 1951 approved helmet with chin strap Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved hard hat with chin strap Approved eye protection (at minimum the approved eye protection shall be ANSI Z87 rated or higher) Leather work gloves or rope rescue gloves Safety toed footwear Rehabilitation All users of BEST Complex facilities are urged to consult NFPA 1584 Standard on Rehabilitation Process for Members during Emergency Operations and Training Exercises, and or other applicable regulations, standards, rules, and policies regarding rehabilitation specifics for your group. If particular resources, equipment or personnel are in your judgment required for rehabilitation, contact BEST Complex to discuss arrangements for providing those resources if you do not have them available to you. BEST Complex has the following equipment available to aid in your company rehabilitation procedures: Rehabilitation areas o Initial=Student Shelters with shade o Formal=Classrooms for cooling / heating o Dry areas o A place to sit o Places to remove PPE Fluid and electrolyte replacement=water and electrolyte fluids Places to wash hands and face=restroom facilities on each side of field Cooling Fans 8

10 Heat Stress Heat stress is one of the greatest concerns for individuals involved in hands-on training activities. Hydration shall be promoted by all personnel. While heat stress is most prevalent during the warmer months of the year, participants and staff should be monitored for signs of heat stress throughout the year. To prevent heat stress, participants and staff should remove their helmet, hood, coat, and gloves during all critiques, breaks, and when moving from project to project. Increased cool down periods, shortened burn evolutions, and regular re-hydration will also help prevent heat stress. The following hydration guidelines should be followed to reduce the risk of heat stress: Drink ample water throughout the day: Drink a cup of water before and after each training evolution Limit the electrolyte consumption (too much could cause nausea) Limit your caffeine intake NOTE: Energy drinks are not recommended for intake prior to or during training due to increased risk of cardiac-related symptoms that these types of beverages can cause. Do not drink the fire water being used in training; potable water will be provided under the project shelters Limit alcohol consumption at night Do not eat a large lunch Notify your instructor of the first signs of heat stress Anyone exhibiting the signs/symptoms of heat stress should be removed immediately from the training activity and taken to a shaded location for cool down. Heat stress is a true medical emergency and can progress rapidly to heat stroke. Therefore, a qualified medic will be called to evaluate the individual s condition at the first signs of heat stress. Participants and staff should closely monitor each other for the following signs/symptoms of heat stress. Heat Cramps Muscle cramps in the extremities and abdomen Respiration rate increase Pale and moist skin Normal body temperature General weakness 9

11 Heat Exhaustion Heavy/Profuse sweating Rapid and weak pulse rate Rapid and shallow respiratory rate Pale and clammy skin Normal or decreased body temperature Irritability and restlessness Heat Stroke Hot, dry, flushed skin Strong and pounding pulse Headache, dizziness, and dry mouth Seizure and coma Loss of consciousness and airway problems can occur BEST Complex has Cold Water Immersion equipment for exertional heat stroke. The guidelines are attached as Appendix A. Contact a BEST Complex representative if you have questions regarding the guidelines. General Facility Safety Prohibited items Absolutely no alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, or firearms will be allowed on ISTC / BEST Complex property. Injuries It is our goal that all persons have an enjoyable, informative, and injury-free training experience. Should a participant, vendor, customer, instructor, observer or visitor receive an injury of any type, (this includes heat related illnesses) the Instructor-In-Charge or technician working with the class, or any BEST Complex personnel is to be notified immediately. BEST Complex personnel may be available for first-aid, CPR, and AED cases. Emergency Medical Services are available from the 911 system. Customers are encouraged to bring qualified medical personnel if a level of care above what is available at BEST Complex is desired. Persons taking medication, those that tire easily, or who are under medical supervision must notify the BEST Complex Instructor in Charge and must adhere strictly to these safety guidelines. Remember, all injuries must be reported to BEST Complex immediately. 10

12 Inclement Weather Procedures The radio system is used to alert participants and staff of the potential for lightning strikes and inclement weather. The field will remain closed until the threat of severe weather has passed and the All Clear is sounded via the radio system. The following procedure will be used when there is a threat of severe weather: Upon notification, all participants, instructors, and staff are to seek shelter immediately at the nearest safe haven (classroom, building, or area designated by the instructor in charge). All Clear- The field will remain closed until the All Clear is sounded by radio. If radar indicates the storm is moving away from the field so that no threat remains to participants/staff, a member of the office can make the determination to re-open the field. If radar indicates a storm system is approaching and /or visual lightning is observed in close proximity to the field, any staff member can make the determination to close the field. All participants, instructors, visitors, vendors, and observers are encouraged to keep aware of developing weather conditions and react appropriately to those conditions. Smoking Policy Smoking will be permitted only in BEST Complex authorized areas during authorized class breaks. All cigarette butts are to be extinguished and properly disposed of in the receptacles provided. Pedestrian Safety Due to the large volume of automobile and heavy equipment traffic on the field, all pedestrians are to comply with the following guidelines: On roadways: Watch for vehicular traffic Watch for uneven surfaces Walk along the side of roadways so as not to impede vehicular traffic On projects: Watch for uneven surfaces (rock, curbs, piping, etc.) Be aware of fire hose layout Watch for slippery areas Never walk across a project pad while moving to the next project unless instructed to do so by your instructor. 11

13 Use proper lifting procedures when lifting objects and equipment Vehicle Safety Due to the large volume of automobiles, pedestrians, and heavy equipment traffic, anyone operating a vehicle on the field will comply with the following guidelines: All vehicles must be parked in the approved parking area The field speed limit is 10 m.p.h. for all vehicular and equipment traffic. Drivers and passengers will use seatbelts at all times when riding in vehicles or equipment. Passengers are not allowed to ride in the bed of utility vehicles. Utility vehicles will only be operated by BEST Complex personnel. Passengers are not allowed to ride in truck beds, on truck bed rails, tool boxes, tailgates, or bumpers. Passengers are only allowed to ride in the passenger compartment of automobiles, vans, trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Project-Specific Safety Items Prior to conducting hands-on training, the instructor or his/her designee shall review the most recent Project Safety Analysis (PSA) to ensure any unsafe conditions have been addressed prior to the start of training. Additionally, the instructor or his/her designees shall inspect the shelter, project, fueling station, and hose racks for any type of environmental hazards such as: Wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, etc. (wasp spray available through the staff) Spiders Snakes Algae build up on walking surfaces (slip hazard) Do not walk over, sit on, or put equipment or bunker gear on above ground fuel or water lines. After use of fire extinguishers during training, ensure extinguishers have been blown down properly. Classroom Safety While the majority of this manual has focused on conducting safe hands-on training, the importance of safety in the classroom cannot be overlooked. Prior to the start of any class, the instructor shall review the most recent PSA for the classroom to ensure any unsafe conditions have been addressed prior to the start of training. For training conducted at locations away from the field, the instructor will conduct a safety inspection of the classroom prior to the start of training. In addition, the following safety items are to be reviewed with the Participants prior to the start of any classroom session at all training events: Review lightning procedure 12

14 Location of emergency exits Classroom and/or building evacuation plan Rally points in the event of an evacuation Procedures for activating alarm and/or evacuation plan as applicable Location of fire extinguishers Identity of any potential slip/trip hazards and how hazard has been mitigated Identity of any overhead hazards (low ceiling, low entranceway, etc.) Housekeeping: How spills are to be reported to prevent slip hazards Proper disposal of trash Extinguishment and disposal of cigarette butts in receptacles provided in outdoor smoking areas Ensure coffee pot and other electrical appliances are turned off at the end of the day. Bunker gear is not to be worn or left in classrooms Entire Facility Evacuation In the unlikely event of a full evacuation that necessitates removing everyone from the site the following procedures apply: If an evacuation is ordered the notice will be given by radio to staff and BEST Complex personnel. All personnel on the field are to muster for accountability under the covered pavilion near the center of the field; this is the Primary Evacuation Rally Point (PERP). If the PERP is not suitable, the northeast corner of the main parking lot will be used and is designated as the Secondary Evacuation Rally Point (SERP). Instructors and employees shall ensure all participants, guests, vendors and visitors move to the Pavilion to have roll taken with rosters provided. The Training Coordinator and or Field Coordinator will ensure accountability report is made to Central prior to dismissing any participants, guests, vendors and visitors. When conditions are safe, participants, guests, vendors and visitors will be informed to return to the parking lot and leave the field via their own personally owned or company vehicles. Instructors shall be accounted for and leave in their own personally owned vehicles. Remember, a timely and orderly evacuation, if required, will minimize and or prevent injuries. 13

15 Practical Guidelines for Implementing Cold Water Immersion for an Exertional Heat Stroke Patient 1. Initial response. Once exertional heat stroke is suspected, prepare to cool the patient and contact emergency medical services and have them respond to the field (911-Beaumont EMS) for transport to a suitable medical facility. 2. Prepare for ice water immersion. On the field in a shaded area, fill the tub with water and ice (before an emergency, check the water source to see how quickly it fills the immersion tub). a. Ice should cover the surface of the water at all times. 3. Determine vital signs. Just before immersing the heat-stroke patient, take vital signs if possible. a. Assess core body temperature with a tympanic thermometer. b. Check airway, breathing, pulse, and blood pressure. c. Assess the level of central nervous system dysfunction. 4. Begin ice water immersion. Place the person in the ice water immersion tub. Additional personnel may be needed to assist with a smooth and safe entry and exit. 5. Total body coverage. Cover as much of the body as possible with the ice water while cooling. a. If full body coverage is not possible due to the container s size, cover the torso as much as possible. b. To keep the persons head and neck above water, an assistant may hold the victim under the axillae armpits with a towel or sheet wrapped across the chest and under the arms. c. Place an ice/wet towel over head and neck while body is being cooled in tub. d. Use a water temperature under 60 degrees F. 6. Vigorously circulate water. During cooling, water should be continuously circulated or stirred to enhance the water-to-skin temperature gradient, which optimizes cooling. Have an assistant stir the water during cooling. 7. Continue medical assessment. Vital signs should be monitored at regular intervals. a. It may be helpful for an assistant to stand nearby in case the person becomes combative. b. Other assistants may be needed to lift or roll the person if vomiting occurs. 14

16 8. Fluid administration. If a qualified medical professional is available, an intravenous fluid line can be placed for hydration and support of cardiovascular function. a. Rest the arm to be used on the side of the water immersion tub. 9. Cooling duration. Continue cooling until the patient s temperature is 102º F a. If temperature cannot be measured and cold water immersion is indicated, cool for minutes and then transport to a medical facility. b. An approximate estimate of cooling via cold water immersion is 1 F every 3 minutes (if the water is aggressively stirred). This means, the cooling rate will be slower initially, and increase the longer the person is in the tub. For example, if someone is in the tub for 15 minutes they would cool approximately 5 F during that time. 10. Patient transfer. Remove the patient from the immersion tub only after temperature reaches 102ºF and upon advice of EMS personnel on scene for transport, then transfer to the nearest medical facility via EMS as quickly as possible. 11. Cooling is the primary goal before transport. If cold water immersion is not available or feasible given the constraints of the task being performed, then cool via the best available means. A good (although not optimal) highly portable alternative is a cooler filled with ice, water, and 12 towels. Place six ice/wet towels all over body and leave on for 2-3 minutes, then place those back in cooler and put the six others on the patient. Continue this rotation every 2-3 minutes. Another alternative when a tub is not available is cold water dousing from a shower or from a hose. These recommendations are adapted from: Casa D. J., B. M. McDermott, E. C. Lee, S. W. Yeargin, L. E. Armstrong, C. M. Maresh. Cold-water immersion: The gold standard for exertional heat stroke treatment, Exercise and Sports Science Reviews. 35(3): , The_Gold_Standard_for.9.aspx Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut s Neag School of Education, Preventing death in sport, practical guidelines for implementing cold water immersion for an exertional heat stroke patient. 15

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