Wire communications is one of the most dependable communications means. It includes the use of field
wire, wire-laying and recovery equipment, cable, battery operated and sound powered telephones,
switchboards, teletypewriters, multiplexers, and other associated or terminating equipment.
PART A - SAFETY
Each soldier is responsible for accident prevention. Each individual must comply with the rules,
regulations, and standing operating procedures (SOP). The soldier should correct or report unsafe
conditions, report all accidents, use protective devices, warn others of known hazards, and encourage
observation of safety regulations.
First aid. First aid is the immediate and temporary care given to the victim of an accident, injury,
or illness before treatment can be administered by trained medical personnel. The field wireman is
subject to many hazards. His work is performed in areas where medical personnel are not available.
Therefore, it is important for him to be well-trained in first aid procedures. Wire personnel should be
trained annually on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedures. (For more detailed information,
refer to FM 21-11.)
General first aid procedures. When a field wireman has been injured, the person performing first
aid must properly identify the injury and use appropriate first aid procedures. Improper first aid
procedures may do more damage to the victim than the injury. Some of the general first aid procedures
are listed below:
Place the victim in a reclining position, head level with the body, until treatment
Check for hemorrhage, stoppage of breathing, wounds, burns, fractures,
dislocations and other injuries. If the clothing must be removed, cut it away do not move the injured
Provide immediate treatment for stoppage of breathing, pulse, serious bleeding,
shock, fracture, and burns in that order.
Determine which victims have injuries that require immediate attention and treat
Make the victim comfortable and calm.
Keep the victim warm and treat for shock
Keep calm. Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not move the injured person.
Provide only necessary first aid, and be sure that nothing is done to cause further