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Category: Firefighter

  • A-side

    Front of the fire building, usually front door facing street, but may be facing parking area where first apparatus arrives; other sides labeled B (left), C (rear), D (right), as necessary when speaking of or staffing structure fire Sectors.

  • Above-ground storage tank

    Storage tank that is not buried. Compare Underground storage tank. Unburied tanks are more prone to physical damage, and leaks are released to the air or ground, rather than the soil surrounding a buried tank.

  • Accelerant

    flammable fuel (often liquid) used by some arsonists to increase size or intensity of fire. May also be accidentally introduced when HAZMAT becomes involved in fire.

  • Accelerator

    Device, usually in the form of a foot pedal, used to control the speed of a vehicle by regulating the fuel supply

  • Acceptance Testing (Proof Test)

    Preservice tests on fire apparatus or equipment performed at the factory or after delivery to assure the purchaser that the apparatus or equipment meets bid specifications.

  • Access

    (1) Place or means of entering a structure. (2) roadways allowing fire apparatus to travel to an emergency

  • Access

    (1) Place or means of entering a structure. (2) roadways allowing fire apparatus to travel to an emergency

  • Accessibility

    Ability of fire apparatus to get close enough to a building to conduct emergency operations.

  • Accessibility

    Ability of fire apparatus or emergency responders to get close enoug to a building, structure, or site to conduct emergency operations

  • Accessibility

    Ability of fire apparatus or emergency responders to get close enoug to a building, structure, or site to conduct emergency operations

  • Accident

    Unplanned, uncontrolled event that results from unsafe acts of people and/or unsafe occupational conditions, either of which can result in injury.

  • Accountability

    The process of emergency responders (fire, police, SAR, emergency medical, etc…) checking into and making themselves announced as being on-scene during an incident to an incident commander or accountability officer. Through the accountability system, each person is tracked throughout the Read on! →

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