Safety Bulletins

Safety Bulletin: Apparatus & District vehicle driving safety reminders

When apparatus is driven off-road, there is always a possibility that damage to the unit may occur, especially to undercarriage components. This is especially true if the unit is driven across rutted fields or off-camber roads. Learn more on how to stay safe (PDF).

Safety Bulletin: Servicing Tires Safely

Inflating a truck tire may seem like a simple, non-hazardous task until one realizes that a 20 inch tire inflated to 100 psi can contain up to 40,000 lbs. of explosive force. A properly maintained tire can handle this amount of pressure but one that has been used while under-inflated can present significant risks. The ply cords in the sidewalls may have lost their strength and have become permanently damaged. One or more of the weakened cords may then break during inflation, placing more stress on the adjacent cords. Cord failures then continue until a rupture occurs and the sidewall “zippers” open. Learn more on how to stay safe (PDF).

Safety Bulletin: PUC Cab-Tilt

Because of the way the PUC is built or configured, the angle of the cab when tilted is much higher than on previous units. We have identified a problem with loose articles located in the cab area. When the cab is tilted, loose items have become airborne and cracked the windshield. This has happened on multiple occasions with different items. For example, helmets, HT's clipboards, etc. Learn more on how to stay safe (PDF).

Safety Bulletin: Rhabdomyolysis

This bulletin contains information presented by the Risk Management Committee of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. It contains very important information that all personnel that participate in wildland firefighting should be aware of. Please take the time to educate yourself and follow the recommendations to prevent a serious medical emergency.Learn more on how to stay safe (PDF).

Safety Bulletin: Turn-outs in Living Areas of Fire Station

Turnout gear is a firefighter’s first line of protection from heat, smoke, toxic gases and now blood borne pathogens. With the increasing amount of incidents and training that each firefighter’s gear is exposed to, the potential exists for an increased risk of cancer or other illnesses from continuous exposure to carcinogens trapped in turnout gear. Learn more on how to stay safe (PDF).