Rehab - Cold Weather Operations
Article by Dr.James Augustine
As a Department develops functional Rehab procedures for cold weather operations, it must cover: time,temperature and stuff falling out of the sky.
With ongoing firefighter safety as the goal, the elements are selected to match needs. Over time at a long incident, those elements will evolve.
Note: Especially in cold weather operations as well as prolonged operations: don’t forget the bathroom facilities!
Appropriate to cold weather operations, Rehab sector must include these elements:
- Shelter to include seating
- Shield from the wind
- Fluid and Calories
- Equipment rehabilitation
- Health evaluation and therapy
- Mental decompression