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  •  I'm a semi-layman, I was on the emergency (5+ / 0-)
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    response team (ERT) for a chemical research lab. We had basic EMT/CPR and they took us out to where firefighters practice with extinguishers of all sorts and hoses, and how you don't...never mind we were well trained for civilians. My security badge was upgraded to the "you can go anywhere you want" level, and I knew where the breathing apparatus was stored. (Not in a general access area, but closer to each lab room than I would have expected. Good Architecture, I doubt the cleaning staff knew there were places they couldn't go.)

    But the first and last thing they taught us, as well as mentioning it in the middle, was "Call the Fire Department! Even if you think we can handle it. We're on a hill, we can poison about 3/4 of a densely populated city if we f*ck up. Deploy people who can point them from the entry gate to their quickest way to where you are. Make sure that you have radioed your situation to everyone, what kind of fire, which lab, if you know what gas cylinders and/or reagents are kept in quantity near your location."

    There was a lot of other stuff, of course, head-counts at pre-arranged assembly areas, save yourself first, an eyewitness is more valuable than a charred corpse...

    I was really impressed with the FD's training facility. They didn't make us go through the second floor rescue stuff, basically it was, "always have a backup and you can always follow the hose back "home."

    Thank the FSM I never had to use the training I got. But I knew from what I learned at "training day" with the other people from my lab, that the local FD had spent a long time thinking about what could happen if something happened to us. The local FD apparently had blueprints of our building, pre-planned escapes and a whole lot of other stuff. I suppose there was a plan that said, "We'd rather the people left in the building die rather than let the building kill a whole lot of other people. At least, I hope they did.

    “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:49:13 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for your comment (5+ / 0-)

      Very interesting!  And you see how having everyone assigned a role and staying in it is very important.  This is what people don't understand about Obion County.  There is no freestyling in public safety, or people get killed.

      The local FD apparently had blueprints of our building, pre-planned escapes and a whole lot of other stuff.
      People generally don't understand that the FD has a plan for dealing with emergencies at pretty much everything in their service area.  We really don't just make stuff up as we go along, that would never work.

      Again, this is what people just don't understand about Obion County.  They don't have a fire department.  That doesn't implicate the next fire department over.

      Thanks for your interesting post.

      •  No, thank you for this diary. Knowing that the (3+ / 0-)
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        professionals had my back and that if I was scared, or even nervous, someone had planned what to do was tremendously reassuring. My job was to sound the alarm, call for help and get the people near me OUT FAST.

        Anything else I chose to do was above and beyond, and if I could give the pros that 4 minutes you spoke of, good on me.

        “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:52:02 PM PDT

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