Franklin County












Station 1 - 29 South Potomac Street

Station 2 - 10 Virginia Avenue


Fire Fighter Health &

Safety Program




Members of the Waynesboro Fire Department can use the fitness equipment

at Station 1 for FREE!

Some people are so busy learning

the tricks of the trade,

They forget the to take the

time to learn the trade







Wildland Firefighter Safety

The original ten Standard Firefighting Orders were developed in 1957 by a task force commissioned by the USDA-Forest Service Chief Richard E. McArdle. The task force reviewed the records of 16 tragedy fires that occurred from 1937 to 1956. The Standard Firefighting Orders were based in part on the successful "General Orders" used by the United States Armed Forces. The Standard Firefighting Orders are organized in a deliberate and sequential way to be implemented systematically and applied to all fire situations. Shortly after the Standard Firefighting Orders were incorporated into firefighter training, the 18 Situations That Shout Watch Out were developed. These 18 situations are more specific and cautionary than the Standard Fire Orders and described situations that expand the 10 points of the Fire Orders. If firefighters follow the Standard Firefighting Orders and are alerted to the 18 Watch Out Situations, much of the risk of firefighting can be reduced.STANDING ORDERS.
  1. Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.
  2. Know what your fire is doing at all times.
  3. Base all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire.
  4. Identify escape routes and safety zones and make them known.
  5. Post lookouts when there is possible danger.
  6. Be alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act decisively.
  7. Maintain prompt communications with your forces, your supervisor, and adjoining forces.
  8. Give clear instructions and insure they are understood.
  9. Maintain control of your forces at all times.
  10. Fight fire aggressively, having provided for safety first.
  1. Fire not scouted and sized up.
  2. In country not seen in daylight.
  3. Safety zones and escape routes not identified.
  4. Unfamiliar with weather and local factors influencing fire behavior.
  5. Uninformed on strategy, tactics, and hazards.
  6. Instructions and assignments not clear.
  7. No communication link with crewmembers/supervisors.
  8. Constructing line without safe anchor point.
  9. Building fireline downhill with fire below.
  10. Attempting frontal assault on fire.
  11. Unburned fuel between you and the fire.
  12. Cannot see main fire, not in contact with anyone who can.
  13. On a hillside where rolling material can ignite fuel below.
  14. Weather is getting hotter and drier.
  15. Wind increases and/or changes direction.
  16. Getting frequent spot fires across line.
  17. Terrain and fuels make escape to safety zones difficult.
  18. Taking a nap near the firene.
Any questions ask our Waynesboro Crew Warden - Steve Biesecker




 "A goal properly set is halfway reached" Abraham Lincoln

What are your goals? Have you set them? It is said if you get on a train and don't know where you are going,every stop is the wrong stop. Make sure you know where you are headed. It Begins With You.


(Editorial Cartoons by Paul Combs Distributed by Tribune Media Services, Inc.)

Fire Apparatus Crashes too!



U.S. Fire Administration - Coffee Break Training -Your BMI






Safety Rules still apply in the heat of the battle!




"Everyone Goes Home"

The Silent Killer

"Firefighters take necessary risks every day, but CO is an unnecessary risk. Educate yourself on CO, wear your mask during overhaul, avoid exposure, and get yourself tested... so you'll be around to share with your family, life's most precious moments.
"Randolph Mantooth" Johnny Gage from Emergency!


Carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride, acrolein, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, benzene, toluene, cadmium - these are some of the known carcinogens that are produced during vehicle fires. So why in the world would we attack a vehicle fire without an SCBA?!!

Pack-up, people!

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Keep your SCBA on !

Do Not Breath

Telephones and Carpet !

Adults need at least two hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week. One hundred fifty minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don't have to do it all at once. Try exercising 10 minutes at a time. Going for a 10-minute brisk walk, three times a day, five days a week, will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.


Crisis Hotline Hopes To Decrease Firefighter Suicide


By Heidi Hatch
(KUTV) Suicide rates among first responders are on the rise. Firefighters tasked to save the lives of others are taking their own lives at alarming rates. At home, we don't often think of what happens behind the scenes and after a tragedy sinks from the headlines - but those traumas are real and our fire fighters can't un-see what they've seen. Sadly, serving means surviving.

The mass murder of 26 people in Connecticut this past week will not only live on with the families left behind but the first responders who walked through the unthinkable. Imagine the horror they saw and the sleepless nights with those images resurfacing in their dreams.

Captain Michael Fox works with the Salt Lake City Fire Department; it has been his life for 14 years. He is a husband and father. But at work he lists off what he responds to. Everything from "house fires, car wrecks, heart attacks but we're also responsible for weapons of mass destruction, hazmat teams, technical rescues." You name it, he's seen it.

Don't get him wrong he says. "We love what we do, we love helping people. But there are a lot of times you take your work home and people outside the line of work don't understand."

And so these brave, tough men and women carry the burdens of many. To give you an idea, Fox lists off the numbers. "Chicago Fire Department two years ago had 7 firefighters in 18 months commit suicide. Phoenix had 5 firefighters in 6 months commit suicide."

The numbers are staggering and in Utah we're not immune. In the last two years, in the Salt Lake Valley alone, 5 firefighters have taken their own lives. In Utah we know tragedy. Think about the Crandall Canyon mine collapse, the Ogden shooting that claimed the life of Officer Jared Francom and wounded 5 others, and the missing child found too late.

Captain Fox tells us, "you come to work you do the job and we don't talk about feelings."

Firefighters are supposed to be tough, and they are, but our heroes are human and they need help.

Jack Tidrow, President of the Professional Firefighters of Utah has been heavily involved in getting a suicide help line for the men and women he serves. He says, "We hope no one ever needs it. It's there, and if they use it we hope it works. So far so good." Utah firefighters now have a dedicated line for crisis prevention at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric unit or UNI-- where there is someone specially trained, ready to listen and help 24 hours a day-7 days a week-365 days a year. The line opened just a few weeks ago and already they're answering calls and saving lives. The hospital opened the line and staffs it free of charge. In the coming weeks they will be receiving further training on how to best help our first responders. It is a move Utah is making ahead of many other states. Others have paved the way, and the hope is, this will soon be the standard of care for our firefighters nationwide.

Captain Fox says it is all about a change in philosophy, a change that it is okay to seek help. It is okay to talk about things. The line is meant for firefighters but could be of use to military, paramedics and police officers all at risk of PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The first step to a healthy tomorrow is making the call. Sometimes it takes a loved one at home to urge their hero to make the call. The number is 801-587-1800. The call is confidential it is free and there is hope.

Fit to fight fire!

The fitness equipment at Station  1 is yours to use as a benefit of being a member!

Firefighter fitness and Wellness


The First Twenty Link

We have found a fitness and wellness system that will reach, educate, train and motivate our firefighters. Our portable, scalable program is designed to be easily managed, maintained and implemented by the average firefighter.

This Program is designed to meet the needs of both career and volunteer firefighters. With the understanding that all firefighters have high demands on their time, our program is engineered to remove the barriers of time and accessibility, which are the two main challenges to firefighter health and fitness. The program will deliver all programming online and through mobile technology providing firefighters access to their fitness program and educational resources. FREE Android and IPhone Heat Safety App !

 Heat Smartphone App

Heat Smartphone App


The health and safety B.E.S.T. Practices as set forth in the Volunteer Firefighter Health and Safety Priorities are as follows:


  • Support the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of all personnel.
  • Operate all emergency apparatus and privately owned vehicles to conform to the highest road safety standards and enforce the use of seatbelts.
  • Develop, practice, and enforce recommended health and safety standards for all personnel.
  • Monitor and ensure that all active emergency scenes maintain the utmost level of safety and fireground accountability.


  • Provide and require the proper use of full personal protective equipment.
  • Maintain all equipment based on established safety recommendations.

Standards and Codes

  • Encourage the use of all smoke, fire detection, and fire suppression devices, including fire sprinkler systems, in all structures.
  • Vigorously enforce all fire safety codes and ordinances.
  • Obtain apparatus and equipment that meet national safety standards.


  • Utilize fire training programs that conform to the highest professional standards.
  • Operate a safe fire training ground at all times.
  • Establish, maintain, and deliver fire safety programs for all age groups.

The NVFC, with support from Provident Agency, has developed a poster that you can hang up at the station to keep the priorities in the minds of your personnel and serve as a constant reminder of the B.E.S.T. Practices your department should be following to keep your members safe. Click here to download the B.E.S.T. Practices poster or order hard copies from the NVFC office at 1-888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832) or nvfcoffice@nvfc.org


The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is the only national program dedicated to saving America's firefighters and EMS personnel from their leading cause of death: heart disease. We invite firefighters, EMS personnel, and their families to explore the site to find out how easy, fun, and rewarding it is to get healthy. It takes a person with heart to do their job. The Waynesboro Fire Department wants to help keep them healthy.






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