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Guidelines on How and Why Health and Safety Training for Fire-fighters
Posted by David Cant on September 25, 2012

Becoming a fire-fighter is an extremely admirable thing. Putting your life at risk day after day in order to save others, is something we should all appreciate and look up to. There are certain strict rules fire-fighters need to adhere in order to protect themselves as well as those who are in danger. This article will provide an insight into health and safety training for fire-fighters.

Being a fire-fighter is a difficult job. They have to quickly and efficiently find the perfect balance between saving others and using common sense to ensure no one, including themselves, is put in any danger. This is in fact probably the most difficult aspect of the entire job.

Extensive training on health and safety is required for any potential fire-fighter for a whole host of reasons. First and foremost, they are meant to face situations of the highest danger level; situations that any other person would be running from – instead they are running straight into them. Thus it is absolutely crucial that they are thoroughly aware of what they are letting themselves into and the implications of their actions. They need to know the most effective way to get themselves and those in the building, or wherever else they may be, in and out as quickly and as safely as possible.

The danger aspect is the most obvious reason for such safety training at an intense level, but there is a lot more to it than this. It is exceedingly hard to keep a level head and resist from jumping into any situation in order to save others, especially when the public expectation is so high and people automatically assume that fire-fighters can and should save anyone. However, fire-fighters need to know when the risks are too high for them and they need to know when to take a step back. Extensive training allows them to contemplate each potential circumstance.  Thus they have the knowledge to make a well rounded and informed decision as to when to stay away from the situation.

However, by no means this can be said that fire-fighters are fully aware of each and every situation they are put in. Fire is an unexpected component and its speed and direction can change at an unbelievably fast pace. Therefore there is always a chance that a fire-fighter may be placed in a situation they have never dealt with or come across before. Thus, they need extensive training in order to be well equipped for any circumstance and to ensure they act as safely as possible under any high pressured situation.

It is highly evident to see why such detailed health and safety training is required for anyone who wants to become a fire-fighter. In fact those who make it in the industry will constantly need to take training events in these skills to keep upgrade themselves. Thus, if you have dreams of becoming a fire-fighter make sure you take the relevant training and safety courses before you make the leap.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

His aim is to flavour Health and Safety with integrity, served with a side of humour You can find David on - Twitter and Google also Linkedin

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