officials using emergency workers have the responsibility to ensure those
emergency workers meet basic qualifications as stated in these rules.
Authorized officials organizing and using emergency workers are responsible for
assembling the proper combination of emergency workers with the skills and
abilities to accomplish the mission being undertaken. It is acknowledged that
authorized officials must use judgment and experience in assessing the scene
and the requirements for the missions.
(2) Authorized officials may also require
emergency workers to demonstrate proficiency in the skills required to carry
out their assignments.
Authorized officials shall ensure that all emergency workers are aware of their
duty to comply with the personal responsibilities contained in WAC
. This shall be
accomplished at the time of registration with the aviation division and should
be reemphasized to the worker at periodic intervals.
(4) The state recognizes that many situations
to which emergency workers are asked to respond are inherently hazardous. It is
incumbent upon authorized officials utilizing emergency workers to ensure that
workers are not needlessly endangered in mission activities or training events.
The emergency worker must also recognize potentially hazardous operations and
not accept the assignment unless the worker is confident that their training
and skill level will allow the task to be accomplished safely.
(5) All prudent and reasonable safety
procedures, techniques, equipment, and expertise shall be used to ensure the
safety of emergency workers at all times while going to, preparing for,
performing, recovering from, and returning from, missions or training