TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, is participating in a safety stand down exercise beginning today and continuing until Saturday, June 5, to review all applicable confined space operational standards, practices, guidelines and procedures.
The safety stand down is in conjunction with a red alert issued by the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Safety, Health, and Survival Section concerning recent responses to confined space incidents that resulted in several firefighters in the states of Ohio and Indiana being critically injured.
“A red alert from IAFC is a priority survival notification on major emergency safety issues that may arise or have arisen in our fire-rescue industry on a nationwide level,” said Jack Fillman, Assistant Chief-Administration for the Lake County Fire Rescue Division. “Confined space and similar technical rescues are a high-risk, but low-frequency event as reported by IAFC President Chief Jeff Johnson.”
Lake County Fire Rescue personnel are carrying out this safety order over the next three shift days in addition to the performance of their essential duties.