Coffee Break Training: Emergency Incident Personnel Rehabilitation   [open pdf - 402KB]

"Emergency incidents are unpredictable and require personnel to carry out tasks in adverse conditions. When you combine the inherent stresses of handling the emergency incident with the sudden increased workload, heavier load of carried equipment, and environmental dangers of extreme heat or cold, the safety and health of each individual person can be impacted adversely. Emergency incident rehabilitation is designed to ensure that the physical and mental well-being of firefighters and other emergency responders operating at the scene of an emergency does not deteriorate to the point where it affects their health and safety. It can prevent serious and life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke and heart attacks from occurring. Rehabilitation is not just for incidents, it is also a must for operational training. While the implementation and operation of rehabilitation should be in accordance with local department standard operating procedures (SOPs), it should be instituted whenever emergency operations or training exercises pose a safety or health risk to personnel."

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Responder Health and Safety Series No. HS-2012-4
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Retrieved From:
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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