Rescue Wipes Standard Operating Procedure
DO NOT CROSS CONTAMINATE
A minimum of 5 Rescue Wipes are recommended for proper decontamination.
Doffing PPE & Decontaminating Skin
- Once egressed from the structure, contaminated firefighter enters decontamination area.
- A designated firefighter (on air) utilizes foxtail brush and removes as much debris as possible from contaminated firefighter, beginning at the helmet and ending at the boots.
- Exposed personnel move from the decontamination area to the designated doffing area.
- Position self near a large plastic bag used for transporting all contaminated PPE.
- Doff contaminated gloves.
- Use Rescue Wipes to clean hands.
- Don nitrile gloves.
- Doff all other PPE items including: helmet, hood, turnout jacket, pants and boots. Place items in bag as removed.
- Tie or seal plastic bag.
- Remove Nitrile Gloves and use separate Rescue Wipes to clean hands and wrists.
- Use separate Rescue Wipes to clean face, neck, and ears.
- Use separate Rescue Wipes to clean any other parts of the body that
may have been exposed to contaminants due to PPE openings
such as the armpits and groin region.
- Place all contaminated wipes and nitrile gloves in a separate trash bag or bio hazard
container and dispose accordingly.
- Return to quarters for showers.