Article 12: ECUFPA: Fire Fighting – Acronym WATCHOUT

WATCHOUT is an acronym used to remind fire fighters of potential dangers to their safety and to give advice on safe work practices. Understanding the meaning of the acronym will help you perform a more comprehensive risk assessment.

Weather dominates fire behaviour, so keep informed.

Actions must be based on current and expected fire behaviour.

Try out at least two safe escape routes.

Communicate with your FPO, your crew and adjoining crews.

Hazards beware of variations in fuels and steep slopes.

Observe changes in wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity and cloud.

Understand your instructions, make sure that you are understood.

Think clearly, be alert and act decisively before your situation becomes critical.

Managing the Fire: The safety and success of fire suppression hinges on the command, control and communications systems that are set up to control the incident.

Communications: Communications are vital to the successful outcome of fire suppression or any other incident. A communications plan is developed to provide communications for the whole of the incident, as determined by its size and complexity.

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