FD Safety Officer

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  1. KD0UFC

    KD0UFC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi folks,
    I've been appointed as safety officer for my club's field day effort this year, under rule 7.3.17. My background is in industrial construction, I've taken the OSHA 30 course in construction safety, and have served as a safety officer for model and high power rocketry launches. I'm curious as to what other clubs are planning safety wise. Anyone planning on making substantial purchases? Or are people planning to see what can be borrowed from club members? I'm thinking it would be ideal for a club to provide first aid kits, fire extinguishers, caution tape, etc. and perhaps an AED. Any thoughts?
  2. KB2FCV

    KB2FCV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Definitely fire extinguishers, a first aid kit isn't a bad idea or an AED if you have access to it and people who know how to use it (they are pretty easy and walk you through it by themselves.. take the red cross courses if u can) If it's really hot/humid... I would add big coolers filled with plenty of bottled water / ice as well as fans at the operating stations to keep air moving. If you have guy ropes.. some sort of streamer / flag if they are near areas where people may walk (I've walked into my share of them at night).
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
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  3. KA0HCP

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    First thing: Get a badge!
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  4. KD0UFC

    KD0UFC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Badges? We don't need no stinking badges! :D
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  5. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I suggest that knowing the address of where it is being held is of primary importance. Add to that a way for emergency vehicles to gain access with driving into a deadend. 911 should be called immediately in the case of a life threatening incident. Someone should be assigned to go to the entry point, one to direct the responders, one at the crossroad below where the activity is taking place.
    A briefing each morning on emergency protocol and an understanding of emergency exits from the property. All printed in a handout given to each member.
    All these are as important as a first aid kit.
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  6. KD0UFC

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    Should be fairly easy. We will probably be operating from the grounds of a church in a suburb of Saint Paul, which is our regular meeting site. Most of us set up our operating positions at the periphery of one of the parking lots, with one station right at the entrance, acting as a greeter. We have access to the church building, so severe weather shelter is covered. The church may have an AED, but I'm not sure. Briefings are a good idea, I'll look into that.
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  7. KD0UFC

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    Has anyone looked into obtaining fire extinguishers other than ABC dry chemical? My take on those is that A: like any jack of all trades they do nothing well, and B: I don't want that stuff anywhere near my radios. I think the ideal setup for field day would be a Purple K BC extinguisher for each generator area, and a pairing of a water class A extinguisher along with a CO2 BC extinguisher for operating areas. I've been to a number of plants where the pairing of a class A and class BC extinguisher in leiu of an ABC extinguisher is SOP.
  8. WB1GCM

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  9. KD0UFC

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    I've seen the checklist, I agree it's a good outline to follow.
    Most of the antennas at my club's FD will be wires hung from trees, I use a 30ft tilt up mast, but that's as involved as it gets. I do have a stash of hard hats I'll make available, though.
  10. KY5U

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    Seriously for UFC,

    Identify your risks i.e. old folks in heat doing work with soft hands erecting antennas and hooking up power to stuff. Also, public access to stuff that can injure them. Once your risks are identified, prioritize the solutions to each. For example cool water, towels, rest periods are a priority over an AED. Looking out for safety and gloves/eye protection beats a first aid kit. The AED and First Aid Kit are after the fact remedies. Better if the issues never happen.

    That's my 2.5 cents.
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