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Health and Safety Issues.
The first step in the firefight was to ensure the protection of all fire fighters and support staff involved. A comprehensive health and safety program was developed in cooperation with the Worker's Compensation Board of BC. (WCB) and implemented before fire fighters were permitted to enter the fire zone. The health and safety program involved:

  • Controlled access and site security;
  • All persons sign in and sign out;
  • Radio communication;
  • Air horn warning;
  • Spotter working with all equipment;
  • On-site first aid attendant;
  • Warning fences around all trenches; and
  • Daily safety meetings.

As illustrated in Photo4, all workers were required to wear the following protective equipment:

  • Fit tested respirator fit certified);
  • Hard hat;
  • High visibility vest;
  • Steel shank/toe boots;
  • Gloves; and
  • Safety eye wear.

A key aspect of the health and safety plan was determining whether it would be necessary for all workers to wear self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in the fire zone. SCBA use would have resulted in a significant burden on fire fighters and reduced progress. Fortunately, air composition testing conducted by the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) determined that the smoke was not acutely toxic and that properly fitted respirators would provide adequate protection to field personnel.




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