Safety Perspectives From Region 6: OSHA’s Proposed Transformation of the Fire Brigade Rule

In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast series, Frank Davis (shareholder, Dallas) and John Surma (shareholder, Houston) discuss OSHA’s comprehensive proposed rule on fire brigades that would update a 40-year-old standard to cover everything from training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to physical fitness and medical requirements to vehicle operation and vehicle standards. Frank and John cover details of the 250-page rule—which stands to significantly transform the fire brigade standard into an emergency response standard focusing not only on firefighting but also on emergency medical services (EMS), tactical rescue, and equivalent services provided by employers in workplaces. Finally, they discuss how this rule would change the face of emergency response across the country.