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PBCFR’s FACE Team broke ground with this world-renowned
research institute, they (along with the SCCC) quickly realized
that fostering relationships with as many fire departments
as possible was needed to create the level of cultural shift
necessary to have the intended impact, to identify the very best
prevention practices available, and to strengthen and deepen
the study and the initiative’s impact.
Much like Broward, on the preventive side, a few of PBCFR’s FACE Teams’ early advancements have been noted,
including their departments’ implementing a mandatory on-scene Hood Swap program that’s managed directly by their
operations battalion chiefs after every fire. Also, they guided
the departments’ facilities divisions in changing heating,
ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in all their fire
stations to a positive-pressure mode, minimizing/eliminat-ing cross-transfer of emissions into the living quarters. More
recently, they implemented a pilot program in two battalions to
work through an on-scene postfire decontamination process.
This process concentrates on cleaning PPE from the moment
the firefighter leaves the immediately dangerous to life or
health environment with just as much emphasis on the firefighters beginning personal skin wiping and decontamination
on scene, which is then continued back at the station. That
pilot program led to a final SOG and training program with a
departmentwide launch by the end of 2016.
From the research side, PBCFR worked directly with SCCC’s
Communications Team to conduct an organization culture study
for eight months. This was followed by some battalions being
used to pilot test the Cultural Training Program that SCCC
plans to roll out to other fire departments in the region and state.
These pilot sessions helped to refine the training program. The
developed tools and excellent media are designed to help our
firefighters truly see the dangerous effects of some traditional
firefighting work practices and how they can have a negative
impact on health and longevity. Videos depicting the ease with
which carcinogen particulate transfers from the fire scene back
to the firehouse shown during the training proved effective in
shifting the mindset in the pilot runs of the training program.
Department. SCCC’s intention is to complete the training program and formalize
and deliver it throughout
the state, beginning in the
South Florida Region.
Also unique to PBCFR
( 5-6) Some of the
equipment used in
Palm Beach County
(FL) Fire Rescue’s
[Photos courtesy of
Palm Beach County
(FL) Fire Rescue.]