"Look closely at the photograph and you'll see one end of the canopy is attached to the telephone pole. While it may be a convenient way to support this heavy load, it is not typical of normal structural engineering standards, and it likely presents a serious collapse hazard. This week, as we observe the third International Fire Fighter and EMS [Emergency Medical Services] Safety Stand Down sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the IAFC [International Association of Fire Chiefs] Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, this picture illustrates an important safety message to protect the public and the firefighters who serve them. This year's Safety Stand Down theme is 'Ready to Respond.' The focus is on proper training, preparation, and equipment use before an incident occurs; and promoting the idea that all members can respond to, work at, and return home safely from an emergency. Part of proper preparation is preincident planning and correcting apparent fire and structural hazards. Fire inspectors and firefighters who conduct protective inspections are familiar with the code requirements for maintaining the integrity of fire-resistive construction elements. If a firewall is compromised, it must be repaired. If a fire door is blocked open, the obstruction must be removed."
Coffee Break Training - Hot Coffee Series No. HC-2007-0619
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