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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Health and safety guidelines for operational firefighters

Reference No: 011/2016
Request Date: 27/01/2016

Request


I would like to request some information regarding Health and Safety guidelines pertaining to your operational firefighters.  The information I would like to be disclosed is:

  1. Under what circumstances, if any, would an operational firefighter be permitted to carry charged 45mm hose up a ladder, with or without the branch open and with or without a safety restraint?
  2. Alternatively, as per the Fire and Rescue Service manual, volume 4, do you always comply with standard practice H2 ( how to get a branch to work aloft using a line) and PL2 ( how to get a line of hose aloft via a ladder) drills? 
  3. If your answer to the first question is charged 45mm hose should never be carried up a ladder, then may I ask for a brief comment from your organisation regarding the health and safety aspect and how dangerous/reckless such an act may be to any of your operational firefighters. Furthermore, how much more reckless would it be to have the branch open whilst carrying the charged hose up a ladder, like say from the base of one of your fire towers to the top?

Response


  1. The action of carrying a charged length of delivery hose over height (45 or 70mm excluding not hose reel tubing) other than within an internal high rise bridgehead /fire floor is not taught to operational personnel in Staffordshire
  2. All training is conducted in line with FRS national guidance. Where a delivery hose (45 or 70mm) is required to work off a ladder or at height (in a building) it is carried or hauled aloft in an uncharged state until such time as the branch person requests ‘water on’.
  3. The action of carrying a charged length of delivery hose over height (45 or 70mm excluding not hose reel tubing) is not taught to operational personnel in Staffordshire. Prior to descending water pressure is removed by ‘breaking’ a coupling a ground level and opening the branch to release contents.