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Health and Safety Officer (HSO)

The individual assigned and authorized by the fire chief as the manager of the health and safety program


Incident Safety Officer (ISO)

A member of the command staff responsible for monitoring and assessing safety hazards or unsafe situations and for developing measures to ensure personnel safety


National Incident Management System (NIMS)

An incident response system developed by the department of homeland security


National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS)

An incident response system developed by the national wildfire coordinating group


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A mental health disorder that can develop in individuals who have experienced a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of harm


NFPA 1521 Concept

Mid 1990's a group was assigned to update 1521 standard to reflect the HSO/ISO division and provided definitions for their roles



The HSO role is primarily and administrative one, and the ISO is an incident command staff position



The title Safety Officer is most often associated with a fire officer who reports to the incident commander and is delegated the safety officer task at incidents


Williams-Steiger Act of 1970

Established OSHA and solidified the responsibility of employers to create safe working conditions


Safety Concept

NIOSH has made reoccurring recommendations that fire departments ensure that a separate ISO independent from the IC be appointed at each structure fire to prevent LODD's



The IC is ultimately responsible for the safety of all responders working an incident. Nonetheless, all fire service members operating at an incident should have the responsibility to be aware of their immediate environment and communicate observations of hazards that can injure unsuspecting teammates