Standard Operating Guidelines

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SOG #
Title
Date Issued
Date Revised
Date to be Reviewed
 

GENERAL OPERATIONS

I-1
I-2
I-3
I-4
I-5
I-6
I-7
I-8
General Operations
Apparatus
Apparatus Response Codes
Fire Police
Ground Ladder Inspection Program
Hose Testing
Hepatitis B Vaccine Program
Operation Santa
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4/11/95
1/15/99
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FIRE AND RESCUE OPERATIONS

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II-4
II-5
II-6
II-7
II-8
II-9
II-10
II-11
II-12
II-13
II-14
II-15
Assists
Automobile and Light Duty Vehicle Fires
Structure Fires
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Chemical and Gas Leaks
Clean-up and Restoration of Equipment
Commercial Vehicle Fires
Field, Woods, and Dump Fires
Medical Assists
Miscellaneous and Electrical Fires
Personal Injury Automobile Accidents
Washdowns
Water Rescues
Cover-ups
Rural Responders & Company Photographers
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EQUIPMENT

III-1
III-2
III-3
III-4
III-5
III-6
Turn-out Gear
Operation of the AED
Positive Pressure Fan
SCBA Units
Issuing of Alerting Devices
Issuing of Turn-out Gear
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12/12/95
10/10/95
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4/14/98
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SAFETY

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IV-5
IV-6
IV-7
IV-8
IV-9
IV-10
Building Evacuation
Safety Committee
Firefighter Identification Tags
Responding to Alarms
Rehab Sector
Riding of Apparatus for Injured Members
Use of Alcohol or Drugs
RIT Team (Rapid Intervention)
Wearing of High-Visibility Safety Vest
Use of Flashing/ emergency Lights on Personal Vehicles
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CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-1

Date of Effect : March 1, 1991
To be reviewed : January, 2013
To : All Members
Revised : March 1, 2011
Ordered By : William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief
Subject : GENERAL OPERATIONS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose : to establish general rules and guidelines to ensure safety and efficient operations during emergency incidents and station duties.

  1. All procedures are to be followed by all members and officers of this company regardless of the municipality in which the emergency is located. Authority to deviate from any procedure rests with the incident commander who is solely responsible for the results of any deviation.
  2. Response of apparatus shall be as set forth in this company's running card.
  3. Members are to wear full protective clothing to include helmet, coat, bunker pants, hood, gloves, boots, and vest (near roadway) during any emergency incident unless otherwise advised by an officer.
  4. There shall be no smoking on any emergency scene until permission is granted by OIC.
  5. Drivers of emergency apparatus shall obey all traffic regulations when driving apparatus. All warning lights shall be activated when responding to an alarm and audible signals shall be used when necessary. No lights or audible signals on a cold response.
  6. No member shall leave an emergency scene without permission from OIC.
  7. No member shall leave the station for the duration of an alarm without the permission of an officer or senior officer in charge at the station.
  8. All firefighters shall remain on apparatus until orders are given by the officer in charge of said apparatus.
  9. Members responding to the station during an alarm shall obey all traffic regulations.

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-3

Date of Effect: April 11, 1995
To be reviewed: January, 2013
To: All Members Revised: March 1, 2011
Ordered By: William r. Carrow II, Fire Chief
Subject: Apparatus ResponsesCodes

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose : To establish guidelines for the use of lights and sirens when responding to alarm.

The greatest liability risk facing emergency services today both in frequency and damages paid to plaintiffs is emergency vehicle collisions.

Apparatus Response Codes

Hot response - Lights and sirens when necessary, proceed through intersections with caution once the intersection is cleared. Opticon may be used if needed, caution is to be used at all times.

Cold response – Obey all traffic regulations.

HOT
Hot Automatic Fire Alarm
House Fire
MVC (reported minor by an authority)
Trailer Fire
Assists
Building Fire
Auto / Pick-up Truck Fires
MVC
Fire Nature Unknown
MVC (unknown if injuries)
Dumpster (away from building)
Gas Leak (inside or outside)
Field / Brush / Woods (no reported exposure)
Haz Mat
Rescue (child locked in auto no medical problem)
Aircraft / Train
Drowning
Dumpster (next to building)
Field / Brush / Woods (exposure)
Rescue (child locked in auto with medical problem)
Rescue (Industrial, Farm, Residential)
Truck / Tractor Trailer Fire
Medical Assist
Cardiac Arrest
Water Rescue

COLD
Wires/transformer/pole
Cover ups
Wash downs
Bomb Threat
Search

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-4

Date of Effect: January 15 1999

To be reviewed: January 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: FIRE POLICE

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a procedure for Fire Police responding to and operating at emergency scenes
I. RESPONSE
When responding to a scene all fire police will go responding on K-FIRE POLICE channel, and remain on that channel and operate during the alarm. The fire policeman’s first responsibility is to assist responding apparatus traveling through intersections en-route to the scene. Once the fire apparatus have cleared the intersections the fire police will respond to the scene and block traffic from entering the emergency scene from any direction. The fire policeman will not use their vehicles to block any roadways. (If more than one Fire Police are responding and no other Fire Police are responding from the other direction the fire police officer covering the first cleared intersection should respond to that area, you should avoid passing through the emergency scene). Fire police responding from the opposite direction should position themselves at the closest intersection to the scene without responding into the scene.

II. AT SCENE
If no assignment is given by the OIC all fire police should block intersection on both sides of scene. This will always be done unless told otherwise by OIC. DO NOT COME TO THE SCENE UNLESS CALLED. All intersection will be blocked with traffic cones. The fire policeman will not use their vehicles to block any roadways. Fire police vehicle will be park a safe distance from intersection. If equipped with traffic signs announcing “emergency scene ahead” the fire policeman will deploy those signs a reasonable distance from the scene to warning approaching drivers that they are approaching an emergency scene. No returning to quarters or in quarter is necessary unless fire police are left at the scene after the return of the fire apparatus. If fire police are left at the scene the OIC will advise Kent Center and you will give a returning to quarters when the assignment is completed.

III. RESPONSE TO FIRE POLICE REQUEST TO ASSIST OTHER AGENCIES
If Sta. 45 fire police are requested to assist another fire company at one of their scenes the fire police will advise Kent Center you are en-route on K-Fire1 or whichever channel is being used. All Fire Police are under direct control of the requesting agency. Upon completion of duty, advise Kent Center you are leaving the scene returning, unless they have been advised by the OIC.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-5

Date of Effect: April 13, 1993

To be reviewed: January 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: GROUND LADDER INSPECTION PROGRAM

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: to establish a program for the inspection and care of this department’s ground ladders.

I. REQUIREMENTS
All ground ladders will be inspected in accordance with NFPA. standard 1932. Standard on use, maintenance, and service testing of fire department ground ladders, 1989 edition.

II. PROCEDURES
The fire chief will appoint one line officer to supervise all ladder inspection and maintain all record associated with same. All records will be maintained for the life of the ladder. If the ladder is sold, all records will be turned over to the new owner.

III. ANNUAL TESTING PROCEDURE
The fire chief will contract an approved outside testing agency, to carry out all testing of ground ladders in the departments inventory annually. All tests will be carried out in accordance with section I of this SOP.

IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (INSPECTIONS)
In accordance with NFPA. standard 1932 and in addition to the annual testing, the following items shall be completed monthly.

1. Visual inspection of all ground ladders to include, but not limited to:

a. Heat sensor label

b. All rungs for snugness and tightness

c. All bolts and rivets for tightness

d. Welds, for cracks or apparent defects

e. Beams, gouges, check for wavy conditions or deformation.

f. Butt spurs for excessive wear or other defects

If any ladder is found to be in defect, it shall be removed from service and repaired or replaced prior to being returned to service.

All ladders shall be wiped clean of all moisture after being exposed to water.

All ladders shall be waxed once a year to reduce wear.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-6

Date of Effect: July 13, 1993

To be reviewed: January 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: HOSE TESTING

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: to provide a reasonable level of safety for users of fire hose, and a reasonable degree of assurance that the hose and coupling assemblies used by this department will perform as designed. This will be done as per chapter 5, "service testing" of the NFPA 1962 standard for the care, use, and service testing of fire hose including couplings and nozzles.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-7

Date of Effect: April 13, 1993

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow, Fire Chief

Subject: HEPATITIS B VACCINE PROGRAM

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: to establish a guideline allowing all members of the Clayton fire company to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.

ELIGIBILITY
All members of the Clayton Fire Company will be afforded the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.

PROCEDURE
All Hepatitis B shots will be given under the State approved program through the State Division of Health. The Clayton Fire Company will be responsible for all cost and record keeping involved with this procedure. The member will be responsible for making and keeping all appointments to receive the vaccine.

All members electing to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine will be required to read and sign a statement of important information about Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B vaccine, and Hepatitis B immune globulin as provided by the State Division of Health. Failure to sign will eliminate the member from the program.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # I-8

Date of Effect: March 1, 2009

To be reviewed: January 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: OPERATION SANTA

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To provide a reasonable level of safety while on operation Santa.

REQUIREMENTS
It shall be the responsibly of the Fire Chief and his Officer designee to announce the start time of the operation and the apparatus that will be used.

All members participating in operation Santa will carry their gear in case there is an alarm.

Any member getting off the apparatus to hand out candy will wear a highly visible safety vest.

No member shall exit the apparatus or get back on unless it is at a complete stop. Members shall not get on or off apparatus unless it is a designated stop.

Each team shall have a fire police vehicle follow them to block car from trying to pass

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-1

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: ASSISTS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for the response of assists to other fire companies.

I. RESPONSE
When assisting another company, units responding will respond in such a way as not to go by the assisting company's station. Prior to arrival, the chief officer or OIC on first piece will receive an assignment for the responding units.

II. ON SCENE
Upon arrival, apparatus and firefighters will assist where needed. Units will remain on the scene until released by OIC.

III. OTHER ASSISTS
This standard operating procedure also pertains to one piece engine assists and rescue/salvage assists.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-2

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: AUTOMOBILE AND LIGHT DUTY VEHICLE FIRES

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for maximizing firefighter safety when dealing with automobile or other light duty vehicles when involved in fire.

I. POSITIONING OF APPARATUS
Apparatus arriving at the scene shall be positioned at a safe distance from the vehicle that is on fire.

II. APPROACH
Firefighters approaching the vehicle shall stay clear of any unsafe areas. They will also wear Full PPE & SCBA.

III. SAFETY
If there is any type of fire showing, a minimum of one (1), 13/4 line will be pulled. Under no condition
should the fuel filler cap be removed. This may permit heated gasoline vapors to escape thus increasing
the danger to personnel. Firefighters shall anticipate:

1. Extra fuel tanks
2. Exploding fuel tanks
3. LPG or CNG fuel cylinders
4. Airborne bumpers
5. Exploding driveshafts
6. Exploding tires
7. Exploding batteries
8. Hazardous contents
9. Occupants still in vehicle

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED - STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-3

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1. 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject : STRUCTURE FIRES

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose : To establish standard operational guidelines for the handling of structural firefighting operations. This procedure is designed to provide a framework for safe operations when dealing with structural fire incidents in common residential, commercial and mercantile type buildings.

I. DEFINITIONS:
Command Officer – the highest ranking individual on scene or the individual accepting responsibility for actions of all units on the scene.

Obvious Rescue - a building occupant that is visible to the fire/rescue personnel, and is in immediate danger of injury or death.

Secondary Water Supply -water supply that has been established from a source other than the hydrant or static water supply utilized by the first arriving engine.

Special Service -a truck company, rescue pumper, rescue or quint capable of operating as a truck company.
Unit Officer - company officer or highest-ranking individual in charge of a specific unit (engine, truck, squad, ambulance, etc.), responding in the officer’s seat of the apparatus.

II. PROCEDURE:
A. ALL STRUCTURE FIRES;

The following standard operating guidelines have been established to provide a consistent and safe response and mitigation of structural fire emergencies.

The standard response for structural fires shall be three engines, one truck/ladder company, a special service unit (rescue, rescue/ pumper or truck/ladder). Additional units may be added in areas without hydrants or other special conditions.

1. 1st Arriving Engine
A. Take steps to establish continuous water supply. This will normally be accomplished by use of a forward or straight lay from the closest appropriate hydrant or water supply point.

B. Apparatus should normally be positioned on side Alpha, but in a way that does not hinder the responding special services space to accomplish their responsibilities.

C. If not already completed by a Fire Line Officer that has arrived on scene prior to the first fire apparatus. Unit officer shall complete an initial size-up
and provide a brief radio transition to include:

  1. Announce number of floors
  2. Announce type of occupancy
  3. Announce conditions found, other pertinent information.
  4. Establish or Pass Command. (If not already established by a fire line officer arriving prior to this unit).(a) If establishing, identify the “COMMAND” by name.
    (b) If passing, announce “Passing Command”. And to whom you are passing it to.
  5. Announce the location that accountability will be established.

D. Complete a 360 size up of the structure as soon as possible making note of fire location, extent, access, and the presence of any basements or cellars. (Note the first arriving fire line officer is responsible for completing the 360 size up if arriving before the first apparatus).

E. Unit officer shall ensure that the Incident Command System is established.

  1. If no command officer is on the scene, the first arriving unit officer will established command or pass command to the next unit.
  2. If the unit officer must remain with the crew to ensure the safe and effective operation of that crew, he/she shall pass command. When command has been passed, the officer passing command will announce who he/she is passing command to. That officer will acknowledge the transmission.

F. Make obvious rescues and ensure occupants are evaluated and given appropriate emergency medical care.

G. Advance an attack hose line of sufficient GPM flow and length to the fire area capable of confining, controlling, and/or extinguishing the fire. Include the tools and equipment needed to complete this assignment.

H. Conduct a primary search of the immediate fire area.

 

2. 1st Ladder or Special Services Unit :

A. Position on side Alpha to provide ladders, lights, and ventilation.

B. Make obvious rescues and ensure the occupants are evaluated and given appropriate emergency medical care.

C. Place ladders to all sides of structure that are accessible to provide for the rescue/removal of occupants and for the safety of operating personnel.

D. Perform the following truck company operations to support the engine companies:

  1. Forcible entry to support searches and hose line placement.
  2. Conduct a Primary Search of the immediate fire area..
  3. Ventilation in coordination with the IC.
  4. Utility control.
  5. Check for fire extension.
  6. Salvage and overhaul.

E. If not already assigned the ladder or special services unit officer shall assume division command of the fire floor.

F. The division officer of the fire floor will report conditions to the IC.

 

  1. Progress made.
  2. Obstacles met.
  3. Resources needed.

3. 2nd Ladder or Special Services Unit :

A. Position apparatus in a way to enable personnel to provide ladders, lights, and ventilation to side Charlie if possible.

B. Make obvious rescues and ensure the occupants are evaluated and given appropriate emergency medical care.

C. Assist in laddering any side of the structure that have not been laddered.

D. Ensure that a primary search has been completed on the entire structure starting on the fire floor, and ensure that a secondary search is conducted when the fire is controlled and ventilation has been started.

  1. Crews shall operate in teams of two (2) or more with a portable radio.
  2. Searches shall begin in areas of most danger first.(a) Floor the fire is located on.
    (b) Floor above the fire.
    (c) Other areas.
  3. Primary and secondary searches shall be coordinated with the engine company to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure that the same crew is not responsible for completing both searches in the same area.

E. Assist the first ladder or special services unit in Performing truck company operations on the floor above the fire in support of the engine companies:

  1. Forcible entry to support searches and hose line placement.
  2. Conduct a Primary Search of the immediate fire area.
  3. Ventilation in coordination with the IC.
  4. Utility control.
  5. Check for fire extension.
  6. Salvage and overhaul.

F. Unless already assigned this unit officer shall assume division command of the floor above the fire.

G. The division officer of the floor above the fire will report conditions to the IC.

  1. Progress made.
  2. Obstacles met.
  3. Resources needed.

 

4. 2 nd Arriving Engine :

A. Ensure adequate water supply to 1st due engine has been completed.

B. Ensure that obvious rescues are being made and the occupants are evaluated and given appropriate emergency medical care.

C. Unless directed otherwise by the IC, the crew should advance a second attack hose line with equal to or greater GPM flow than the initial attack hose line and of sufficient length to cover any location in dwelling. Include the tools and equipment needed to complete this assignment. (This attack hose line is normally advanced via the interior stairs and serves to confine, control, and/or extinguish vertical fire extension on the floor above the fire or as a backup hose line to the initial attack hose line).

 

5. 3 rd Arriving Engine:

A. Unless otherwise directed by the IC establish a continuous water supply to side Charlie from a source not being used by the 1st due engine if possible. This procedure shall be momentarily delayed if it will result in hindered access for the responding special services to the Charlie side.

B. Unit officer shall complete a size-up of side Charlie and provide a brief radio report to the IC to include:

  1. Number of floors on side Charlie.
  2. Conditions present and location of fire, if known.
  3. Any rescue problems.
  4. Any other information that might need tactical consideration.

C. Ensure that obvious rescues are being made and the occupants are evaluated and given appropriate emergency medical care.

D. Unless directed otherwise by the IC, advance a hose line of sufficient GPM flow and length to cover any location in the building. Include the tools and equipment needed to complete this assignment. (This hose line is normally advanced from side Charlie over a ground ladder and is used to confine, control, and/or extinguish vertical or horizontal fire extension in the most probable or threatened area, which is normally the attic area or to the cellar if the structure is so equipped with one.)

 

6. RIT Unit:

A. Establish RIT in accordance with their companies policy:

  1. Report to the IC.
  2. Complete size-up.
  3. Insure that all windows and doors are free obstructions.
  4. Assemble tools.
  5. Develop rescue plan.
  6. Monitor radio channels.

 

7. BLS Ambulance:

A. BLS ambulances dispatched on the call or dispatched on the working fire dispatch shall:

  1. Position at a location in close proximity to the scene that does not hinder other responding apparatus and allows a path of exit for emergency transport.
  2. Establish a triage and treatment area on side Alpha equipped with:(a) Aid bag.
    (b) Oxygen with airway management aids.
    (c) AED.
    (d) Stretcher with backboard.
  3. Report to the IC.
  4. Evaluate any civilian occupant of the structure that either escaped or are removed/rescued.

 

8. ALS Ambulance :

A. ALS ambulances dispatched on the call or dispatched on the working fire dispatch shall position at a location in close proximity to the scene that does not hinder other responding apparatus and allows a path of exit for emergency transport.

B. ALS personnel shall report to the IC, evaluate the scene, and be prepared to administer ALS care to a patient without delay.

 

9. Additional Responding Units:

A. Additional responding units, to include tankers, air units, command officers, safety officers and rural responders must report to the IC for assignment. In no case should any unit or additional manpower “self-deploy,” except to remedy an immediately demonstrable safety concern or to affect an obvious rescue. In such cases, the unit or additional manpower shall immediately notify the IC of their actions.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-4

Date of Effect: June 13, 1995

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish guidelines for the handling of carbon monoxide detector activation alarms.

RESPONSE:
Carbon monoxide detector activation alarms will be treated as rescue type alarm. A BLS unit will also be dispatched if injuries are reported following established policies and procedures at Kent Center.

ON SCENE:
Only firefighters in full protective turn-out gear (which includes SCBA’s) will enter the structure.

The structure should be immediately evacuated with any persons showing signs of CO poisoning which are flu like symptoms, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and confusion being treated accordingly.

Firefighters in full protective gear may attempt to find the source of the leak so that the proper utility or appliance contractor may be contacted, potential carbon monoxide sources are blocked chimney openings, gas appliances - dryers, heaters, ranges, and water heaters, cracked heat exchangers and autos or barbecue grills in attached enclosures such as garages.

If source is found and can be safety shut off or removed, do so and then vent entire structure, if no source is found vent only if OIC advises. Carbon monoxide can dissipate rapidly when mixed with fresh air for this reason also be cautious of readings received if upon our arrival the structure has already been vented.

Readings of:

200 to 400 ppm can cause headaches and nausea in 1 to 2 hours

800 to 1600 ppm headaches, dizziness in 20 to 45 minutes, collapse and danger of death in 1 to 2 hours.

3200 to 6400 headaches, dizziness in 1 to 5 minutes, unconsciousness and danger of death in 10 to 30 minutes.

12000 ppm immediate unconsciousness, danger of death in 1 to 3 minutes.

Persons should not be allowed back into the structure until source of leak is found and repaired.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-5

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: CHEMICAL AND GAS LEAKS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a chemical or gas leak

I. RESPONSE
Prior to arrival to scene, the OIC will obtain the direction and wind speed. The officer will then have all units respond to the scene by a route that will bring them upwind of the scene. Before committing any units, the officer will determine the extent of the leak and what actions need to be taken.

II. ON SCENE
Upon arrival of the first officer command will be established and a recon of the hazard area will be completed when possible.

Upon determining the need to disperse the fumes, the OIC will position the attack piece a safe distance from the leak. All firefighters in and near the leak area will wear full protective clothing and don SCBA.

The OIC will determine the need to evacuate persons down wind of the leak.

It is the OIC's or his appointees responsibility to see that all power and ignition sources are removed from leak area.

The OIC will assign a firefighter in full protective gear and SCBA to use the explosion meter to take readings of leak area and any structures.

If a leak is discovered the utility company for gas for that area will be notified to respond.

The firefighters will continue to disperse the fumes until the gas source has been stopped.

In gas leaks inside a structure, it is important to establish ventilation on the structure as soon as possible to prevent a build up of gas fumes. Inside a structure it is important to remember that natural gas will have the highest levels of concentration in the highest levels of the structural. Propane gas will be highest concentrated in lower levels of the structure.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-6

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: CLEAN UP AND RESTORATION

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures in the clean up and restoration of apparatus and equipment after an emergency response.

I. CLEAN UP
Upon returning from an emergency scene, all members will assist in equipment clean up and restoration. This is to include the following:

1. Washing of all soiled hose and re-racking as needed.

2. Cleaning of tools and equipment as needed.

3. Cleaning of SCBA units used and restoring air supply

4. Restoring of fuel and water supplies as needed.

5. Cleaning of all apparatus as needed.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-7

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FIRES

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for maximizing firefighter safety when dealing with commercial vehicles when involved in fire.

I. POSITIONING OF APPARATUS
Apparatus arriving at the scene shall be positioned at a safe distance from the vehicle that is on fire.

II. APPROACH
Firefighters approaching the vehicle shall stay clear of any unsafe areas.

III. SAFETY
If there is any type of fire showing, a minimum of one (1), 13/4 line will be pulled. Under no condition should the fuel filler cap be removed. This may permit heated gasoline vapors to escape thus increasing the danger to personnel. Firefighters shall anticipate:

1. Extra fuel tanks

2. Exploding fuel tanks

3. LPG or CNG fuel cylinders

4. Airborne bumpers

5. Exploding driveshafts

6. Exploding tires

7. Exploding batteries

8. Hazardous contents

9. Occupants still in vehicle

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-8

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: FIELD, WOODS, AND DUMP FIRES

This procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a field, woods, and/or dump fire.

I. RESPONSE
The brush truck will be engaged into four wheel drive prior to leaving a hard road surface. Engines will be used off the hard road surface only at the discretion of the OIC or engine officer.

II. ON SCENE
Upon arrival to the scene, the following will take place:

1. Upon arrival of the brush unit, it will start to attack the head of the fire, with priority to exposures or fire spread.

2. One firefighter will remain on truck and operate the booster line.

3. The other firefighter will follow the brush unit putting out spot fires.

4. The engine will get their assignment from the OIC prior to their arrival. Protecting exposures, water supply, assisting with extinguishment.

5. The crew from the engine will assist where needed.

6. SCBA will be used in and around dump and dumpster fires.

7. The OIC shall keep in mind the possible existence of hazardous materials in all dump and dumpster fires.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-9

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: MEDICAL ASSISTS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a medical assist.

I. RESPONSE
When respond the crew will consist of a minimum of 1 EMT-B or a first responder. Strike team members must be EMT-B.

II. ON SCENE

Upon arrival to scene, the following will take place:

1. All personnel doing patient care will wear BSI.

2. EMT-B or first responder will begin patient care and any other necessary to stabilize patient’s condition.

3. EMT-B or first responder will obtain all necessary vital signs prior to ambulance arrival and turn over to same.

4. EMT-B or first responder will assist ambulance crew in packaging the patient for transport when requested.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-10

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: MISCELLANEOUS AND ELECTRICAL FIRES

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a electrical fire or miscellaneous alarm.

I. RESPONSE
When responding it will be a cold response.

While responding to the scene, it will be the officers’ responsibility to watch for downed power lines or dangerous situations.

II. ON SCENE
Upon arrival on scene, the following will take place:

1. The OIC will position apparatus a safe distance away from downed wires.

2. Emergency lighting on the apparatus will be activated for safety.

3. We will not handle any downed wires.

4. The OIC will secure the area of the down wire, to prevent anyone from getting close to it

5. The officer will notify Kent Center to notify appropriate power company.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-11

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991 To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members Revised: January 1, 2012

Ordered By: James R. Johnson, Fire Chief

Subject: Motor Vehicle Collision

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a personal injury Motor Vehicle Collision.

I. RESPONSE
The first responding apparatus will attempt to have a minimum of one (1) NREMT-B or first responder on board when responding to a MVC.

II. ON SCENE
All personal will wear Safety Vest when operating on or near all roadways.

When removing glass or cutting battery cables, you will wear full protective equipment to include gloves and eye protection.

If subject is trapped, a hand line will be pulled and place it in service for protection.

In the event of power lines down, pull dry chemical extinguisher.

If vehicle is reported on fire, a minimum of two (2) masked men is required.

All vehicles will be stabilized prior to entry or Hurst tool operation.

When operating rescue tools, full protective gear and eye wear shall be worn, and there shall always be someone manning the power unit.

The Officer in charge of rescue operations will complete a 360 survey of the vehicle identifying all hazards including any air bag systems or struts that can injure firefighter and/or patient.

All firefighters handling patients shall wear BSI.

Do not cut battery cables until victim(s) is removed from the vehicle.

If vehicle is air bag equipped, be sure air bag system is disengaged prior to treating patient. This is to prevent further injury to the patient and/or firefighter.

The roadway shall be closed until order is given by OIC to open it to traffic.

Keep apparatus exhaust away from patient area if possible.

When a helicopter is needed, the OIC will designate someone to set up a landing zone following
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CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-12

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: WASHDOWNS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for operations on the scene of a Wash down.

Response will be a cold response.

I. ON SCENE
Upon arrival to the scene, the following will take place:

1. The OIC will position the apparatus up hill of the leak area.

2. The spill area will be diked to prevent further spread of the substance.

3. If possible, the officer will have the leak stopped to prevent further leakage of substance.

4. The spilled substance will be removed using water or an absorbent material.

5. For large spills, the appropriate agencies will be notified through the steps of the S.E.R.T emergency plan.

6. Upon the arrival of the S.E.R.T. agencies, the OIC and fire school representative will determine the need for the fire department to continue to command the scene.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE # II-13

Date of Effect: August 1, 2010

To be reviewed: January, 2012

To: All Members

Revised:

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: WATER RESCUE

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for members of this department regarding water rescue.

I. GUIDELINE:
Anyone working around water while on the scene of an inland water rescue or ice water rescue will be wearing Type I life vests. Anyone that enters any water will be equipped with a department issued Dry Suit and Type I life vest. Ice water rescues will be equipped with a department issued Ice Rescue Suit.

II. RESPONSE:
To actively operate at the scene of any ice rescue or inland water rescue that members must have completed: For Ice Water Rescue/Shore based incidents you must have – Shore Based/Water Rescue I. For inland water rescues you must have: A) To ride as tech in the boat- Water Rescue I & II. B.) To operate the boat – Water Rescue I & II (the driver must also be cleared to trailer or tow the boat). Units to respond on any Ice Water or Inland Water Rescues shall be Rescue 45, Utility 45 (pulling 45Marine2) and Brush 45-1(pulling the special Ops trailer). Whenever operating 45marine2 there will be 1 operator and when possible 1 tech to assist, both must be equipped with PFD’s neither should be wearing their turnout gear. At no time will there be more than 2 RESCUERS in the boat (you need to leave room for a possible victim).

III. ON SCENE:
A. ICE WATER RESCUES: It is the policy of this department that two (2) members shall don ice water rescue suits. Only members who have completed the DSFS “Water Rescue I/Shore Based class or its equivalent shall don the ice water rescue suits. The department has been trained in and will use the “reach-throw-row-go” method when operating at the scene of a ice water/shore passed rescue. If the officer in charge calls for a “go” rescue, only members in the water rescue suits shall enter the water. Any member entering any water shall be attached to a life line at all times, an additional life line will be used for the victim. All on-shore members of the rescue crew, shall be required to wear a Type I life vest and either their structural firefighting helmet or a rescue helmet. Normal turn-out gear (coat and pants) should not be worn by these members. Any additional members, who do not have the proper safety equipment on will stay away from the shoreline at all times and maybe used by the officer for other duties.

B. STILL/POND/FLOOD WATER RESCUES: To respond to this type of call requires the members have at least completed Water Rescue I. To operate 45marine2 at a scene the member must have completed Water Rescue I & II and be approved to operate by the Fire Chief or his designee.

C. SWIFT WATER RESCUES: To enter the water and attempted any rescues during this type of incident the member must have completed Swift Water Rescue I

D. AREA’S OF OPERATION: Boat 45marine2 will not operate in any tidal waters with the exception of inland marsh areas, streams, rivers, or creeks.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-14

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: COVER-UPS -- DISPATCHED & SCHEDULED

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish guidelines to be used when this company responds to a Cover-up call.
DISPATCHED COVERUPS
I. RESPONSE
Apparatus will respond cold on all cover-ups

II. ON SCENE
Upon arrival to the station your were sent, all firefighters will remain at the station until released by that company's OIC. They will assist the company requesting the cover-up in any way they can.

SCHEDULED COVER-UPS

I. ON SCENE
Upon arrival to the station, all firefighters will remain at the station being covered until released by that company's OIC. They will assist the company requesting the cover-up in any way they can. The officer In charge of the scheduled cover up after conferring with the Chief of the Department will decide the dress code for the cover up.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-15

Date of Effect: March 1, 2009

To be reviewed: January, 2011

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2009

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: RURAL RESPONDER AND COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHERS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for members of this department who respond to the scene in their own vehicle.

I. ELIGIBILITY
In order to be a rural responder a member must get permission from the Fire Chief.

Company photographers must have permission from the Fire Chief prior to responding to scenes

I. REQUIREMENTS
It is the responsibility of each member, to report to the OIC of their arrival at scene, give the accountability officer their F.I.T., and get an assignment from the command officer.

The rural responder and company photographers will park their vehicle away from the scene in a area that will not interfere with the operations at the scene.

Photographers will report to the command officer to make them aware they are on scene. Photographers will also wear safety vest and fire helmet of hard hat where necessary.

II. GUIDELINE

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # II-16

Date of Effect: November 1, 2009

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: Establishing Landing Zone for Helicopters

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for setting up a landing zone for helicopters..

I. GUIDELINE:
When the need arises to establish a landing zone for landing helicopters the following procedure will be followed.

1. Once arriving on scene and determining the need to utilize aviation the incident commander will establish a landing zone officer.

2. It will be the landing zone officers’ job to determine a suitable location to establish a landing zone. The incident commander will notify Kent Center who the landing zone officer will be. It will be Kent Center responsibility to notify the crew of the responding aircraft who their point of contact will be.

3. The landing zone officer will be the only unit on the ground to communicate with the responding helicopter. All communications between the scene and the helicopter will go through the landing zone officer.

4. When establishing a landing zone always consider the wind direction. Helicopters prefer to land and take off into the wind.

5. Determine if the area is large enough to land the craft in. Medium size helicopters require a landing area of 100’ x 100’. Large crafts require an area of 120’ x 120’.

6. Landing surface should be flat and firm when at all possible. The area should also be free of debris that would blow up into the rotor system.

7. The landing area should be clear of people, vehicles, and any obstructions such as trees, poles, and wires. Keep in mind that wires cannot be seen from the air. The landing site must be free of stumps, brush, posts and large rocks.

8. If there are any of these obstructions notify the helicopter crew of these upon the initial radio contact.

9. During night time operations strobe lights will be used to mark the landing area, note the rotor wash may cause these lights to move around slightly but due to their weight should not cause a problem to the craft. At NO time will you ever use flares or traffic cones to mark the landing area.

10. During night time operations it may become necessary to shut down any spot or flood lights on the scene that may cause a problem for the pilot and crew while landing and taking off.

11. After landing has been completed a guard should be posted toward the rear on the helicopter to secure that area from people walking near the rear rotor.

12. Once the helicopter has landed DO NOT approach the helicopter until the crew has acknowledged your presence.

13. When working around helicopters NEVER approach the craft from the rear. ALWAYS approach and depart the aircraft TOWARD the FRONT so you can see the pilot and the pilot can see you.

14. When approaching the aircraft remember to keep low to avoid the main rotor because Winds can cause the rotor to flex down.

15. When setting up a landing area the landing zone officer will see that at least 2 firefighters are in full PPE and donning scba incase of an emergency. The need to deploy a stand by hose line will be the discretion of the landing zone officer.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # III-1

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members Revised: January 1,2012

Ordered By: James R. Johnson, Fire Chief

Subject: TURN-OUT GEAR

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish specifications for turnout gear.

I. HELMETS – NFPA compliant
White in color will denote line officers, black in color will denote firefighters and Past Chiefs, yellow in color will denote cadets and juniors. Helmets will have some type of reflective Tetrahedrons on their helmet for visibility.

HELMET FRONTS: Personalized fronts must be approved by Chief.
Shields on front of the helmets will display:

A. Firefighters and crew leader, black in color, with white background and red lettering (crew leader's
may be blue when using black helmet),The shield will have “45” and/or the word “Clayton” on the
front as follows:

-Clayton on top, 45 in middle, ff name on bottom
-Station on top, 45 in middle, Clayton on bottom

B. Past Chiefs white in color with red background, white lettering and will have "45" and/or the word
"Clayton" on the front as follows:

-Past Chief on top, 45 in middle, ff name on bottom
-Past Chief on top, 45 in middle, Clayton on bottom

C. Senior line officers will be white in color with red background, white lettering and will have the
designation of their rank either by name or by the use of insignia. It will also have "45" and/or
"Clayton" on the shield as follows:

- if rank is place in top then 45 must be in center along with ff name on bottom.
-If insignia & ff name is used then Clayton must be on top, insignia in center and ff name on bottom.
-If just insignia is used then Rank must be on top, insignia in center and Clayton on bottom.

D. Junior line officers white in color with red background, with white lettering , will have the designation
of their rank either by name or by use of an Insignia. It will have "45" and/or "Clayton" on the shield as follows:

- if rank is place in top then 45 must be in center along with ff name on bottom.
-If insignia & ff name is used then Clayton must be on top, insignia in center and ff name on bottom.
-If just insignia is used then Rank must be on top, insignia in center and Clayton on bottom.

E. All helmet fronts must be patent leather material with lettering as said above.

II. COATS – NFPA compliant

Primary- Brown in color for all members. Reflexive letters to be three (3) inches in height stating "Clayton" below the collar. Reflexive letters to be three (3) inches in height stating "member's name" or for line officers "position" at the bottom of the coat.

III. TURNOUT PANTS – NFPA Compliant
Primary- Brown in color for all members, with reflexive striping.

IV. TURNOUT BOOTS – Insulated steel toe and insoles, three quarter length.

V. HOODS – The hood should cover to the shoulders.

VI. GLOVES – Interior firefighting gloves approved by the fire chief. Leather work gloves.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE# III-2

Date of Effect: December 12, 1995

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: OPERATION OF THE AED

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To insure safe operation of the AED.

The use of the AED is an invasive life support skill. The protocol and guidelines established by the Delaware State Medical Director must be followed. The following is a very basic outline of the operation of the AED, always keeping in mind that good basic life support assessment is essential.

1. After determination that the patient is in Cardiac arrest, remove clothing from the patient’s chest and begin CPR.

2. Insure that the patient’s chest is dry for good adhesive contact, attach electrode wires to the pads, then firmly apply the pad making sure the entire surface is in contact with the patient’s chest.

3. Turn on the AED, stop CPR and clear everyone away from patient, press the analyze button (do not touch or move patient while analyzing) voice prompts will guide you through the process
Do not analyze or defibrillate in a moving vehicle

4. If the defibrillator determines the patient needs to be shocked it will automatically charge to the appropriate energy setting, the AED will give the voice prompt “Press to Shock”
Shout clear and make sure that no one is in contact with the patient or anything metal that may be touching the patient. It is the responsibility of the AED provider to make sure that the patient is cleared. The amount of energy delivered to the patient is enough to injure bystanders.

5. The AED will automatically re-analyze a second and third time. Perform CPR for one minute after which the AED will prompt you to “Check Patient” and analyze again. The defibrillator will go through three more defibrillation cycles. (Assuming the patient remains in a shock able rhythm)

6. If the unit has delivered a total of six shocks, transport should immediately begin. Do not wait at the scene unless the paramedic unit’s arrival time is less than three minutes.

7. If the AED shows “No Shock Indicated” continue CPR and re-analyze after one minute. The AED will help guide you through patient treatment.

8. The AED technician must accompany the AED to the Emergency room for the purpose of downloading the memory module and re-stocking electrode pads.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # III-3

Date of Effect: October 10, 1995

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: POSITIVE PRESSURE FAN

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a procedure on utilizing the positive pressure fan.

I. UTILIZATION
The positive pressure fan shall be used to ventilate a building of harmful gases and smoke.

The positive pressure fan may also be used to remove harmful gases and smoke from an outside area i.e., vehicle fires. It may also be used at rehabilitation areas.

II. VENTILATING OF BUILDINGS
The fan shall be placed in such a position to ensure the air movement completely covers the opening it is placed in front of.

Removal of gases and smoke shall be completed one room or area at a time and an exit must be provided so the gases and smoke can be properly removed.

III. OTHER USES
Should the fan be used during a vehicle fire, it shall be placed close enough to move gases and smoke, but not close enough to impede suppression and overhaul efforts.

Should the fan be used to assist in cooling personnel at a rehabilitation area, it shall not be placed too close where it would impede first aid efforts. The fan has a connection where a one inch hose line can be connected to provide a water mist to assist in cooling personnel.

IV. MAINTENANCE
The fan shall be periodically started to ensure it operates properly.

The fan should be inspected to ensure all parts are in proper working order.

The fuel level shall also be periodically checked to ensure enough fuel is present to operate during emergency situations.

V. PRECAUTIONS
The fan will not be used while fire is still present. it is imperative that all members keep this precaution in mind so fire spread is not enhanced when using the fan. Members shall familiarize themselves with the proper operation of the fan.

VI. AUTHORIZATION
Due to the nature of the fan, it shall not be placed in service unless authorized by the OIC or his designee

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # III-4

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: January 1, 2012

Ordered By: James R. Johnson, Fire Chief

Subject: SCBA UNITS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for the proper utilization of SCBA units.

I. REQUIREMENTS
The following requirements will be met in order for a firefighter to become and remain qualified to wear and operate in a SCBA unit.

1. All firefighters wearing SCBA units will have completed a minimum of structural firefighting skills and hazardous materials response skills or its equivalent.

2. All firefighters will become qualified by the fire chief, or his delegate, after a period of time necessary to obtain firefighting experience.

II. USE OF SCBA

The following guidelines will be followed during the use of SCBA units for this department.

A. No firefighter will be permitted to don a SCBA unit with a beard or other facial hair which may obstruct the properly needed seal during structural firefighting and hazardous material incident.

B. When responding to alarms requiring SCBA units, firefighters will don the units. This is to include the face piece, and obtain a proper seal, he will then charge the air lines insuring the regulator is in proper working order, if use of the SCBA unit is not required unit is then to be returned to the ready position.

C. Once entrance to a building or area is necessary, the firefighter will ensure all turnout gear is properly in place, will don the face piece, obtain a seal, will turn mainline valve on to provide air to face piece, and will activate all safety alarms available.

D. No firefighter shall don a SCBA in the standing position while apparatus is moving.

E. No member of this company shall have an SCBA unit filled while wearing the SCBA unit by any means from any system of this company’s or any other company. Also no SCBA units from other companies will be filled while being worn by any system of the Clayton Fire Company.

III. CARE & CLEANING OF SCBA

The cleaning and set up of SCBA units, preparing for the next alarm. Cleaning of all SCBA units will be performed by members appointed by an officer, and cleaned with detergents approved by the fire chief.

Air supply for the SCBA units and spare bottles, will be checked and returned to full.

Members who are assigned their own personal face piece will be responsible for it care and cleaning

All SCBA units will be returned to the apparatus in the ready position to include the following:

1. All straps on units and face pieces will be loosened completely.

2. The bottle valve will be in the closed position.

3. The mainline valve on the regulator will be in the closed position.

4. The bypass valve on the regulator will be in the closed position.

IV. TRAINING:
All members shall attend one structural firefighting in-service training class a year to remain SCBA qualified.

The Fire Chief will also have the authority to accept letter from the training officer or Chief of a member’s place of employment indicating that the member has attended a structural firefighting class with their employers company or department during the same time period.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # III-5

Date of Effect: April 14, 1998

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: ISSUING OF ALERTING DEVICES

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish guidelines for new members being issued their own pager as well as establishing the policy for current members to maintain their pager.

I. RETAINING STATUS
All members of the Clayton Fire Company shall be required to remain active to continue to have a company owned pager assigned to them. Special consideration will be given by the Chief of the Company.

All members regardless of their activeness will be to receive texts to their cell phone through the company paging system.

II. NEW MEMBERS
New members shall be issued their own pager (if any are available) only after they attain approval from the fire chief or his designated representative.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE # III-6

Date of Effect: January 1, 1994

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: ISSUING OF TURN-OUT GEAR

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: This sop will establish guidelines for new members to be issued their own set of turn-out gear, as well as establishing the policy for current members to maintain their own set of turn-out gear.

I. NEW MEMBERS
1. A new member will be issued their own set of turn-out gear, only after being voted into membership of the company from the line officer who has been assigned to them. At the time of issuing the gear, they will be placed at the end of the active member’s locker area, for the rest of that year.

2. New junior members will be issued their own set of turn-out gear, upon being voted into the company. The junior members’ turn-out gear will be placed at the end area of all the lockers.

IV. RESERVE GEAR
Any member, new or current, that does not have their own set of turn-out gear, would be expected to use any "reserve" turn-out gear. Use of the "reserve" turn-out gear, is on a first come first use basis. All "reserve" turn-out gear, will have orange ID tags with the word "reserve" on them. These tags will be used the same as your own ID tag.

 

Date of Effect: May 11, 1993

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: BUILDING EVACUATION

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for evacuating firefighters from structures.

I. DECISION TO EVACUATE
The decision to evacuate all personnel from a structure will be made by the OIC.

II. EVACUATION NOTIFICATION
The OIC shall direct Kent Center to make the proper announcements over the operation channel following the counties building evacuation policy.

The air horn on the closes piece of apparatus will be sounded five times for additional notification purposes.

III. LEAVING BUILDING
When personnel are notified to evacuate the building, they shall do so in a prompt and safe manner. Once out of building, all personal will stand by for a PAR check from the accountability officer..

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE # IV-2

Date of Effect: May 11, 1993

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By :William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To define the objectives and duties of the Health and safety committee concerning all aspects of this organizations activity.

I. APPOINTMENT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER
It shall be the responsibility of the Fire Chief to appoint a Health and Safety officer and/or committee

II. APPOINTMENT OF SAFETY OFFICER
It shall be the responsibility of the OIC to appoint a safety officer and /or safety committee at their discretion. If the company Safety Officer and/or safety committee member is not present at an alarm it is recommended that the OIC appoint a mutual aid senior officer to fill that role. If no safety officer is appointed, the OIC maintains safety responsibility. Additional personnel may be assigned to assist the chief safety officer. This shall also be done by the OIC and they shall communicate to the chief safety officer. The chief safety officer will report only to the OIC.

III. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The safety officer shall have the authority to stop any unsafe operations during an incident and report same to the OIC.

IV. MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
The Officer of each apparatus shall collect all ID tags from the apparatus. This shall be done on all calls that the crew of the apparatus is placed in service. All ID tags will be taken to the command post when the apparatus officer reports for assignment and given to the accountability officer. It will be the apparatus officers responsibility to gather that units ID tags when released from the scene.

In the event of injuries sustained on company property, on the scene of an emergency, or a traffic accident involving departmental vehicles and/or personnel, the chairman of the safety committee shall appoint a committee of five (5) members of the safety committee to investigate the incident. This shall be done as soon as possible or no later than 48 hours after the incident. The committee shall report their findings to the respective fire company officer for appropriate action.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-3

Date of Effect: July 10, 2001

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Replaces SOP IV-3 issued August 1992

Subject: FIREFIGHTER IDENTIFICATION TAGS (F.I.T.) / ACCOUNTABILITY

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish guidelines and procedures to be implemented on all responses. These procedures will assist the OIC in ensuring the safety of and efficiently accounting for all personnel operating at the emergency incident.

System Components:

Each firefighter shall be issued 2 personal identification tags

Each piece of apparatus will have collector rings. The apparatus collector ring should be labeled with the apparatus ID and in the following colors:

Apparatus – Red in color

jumpseat – Green in color

Officer – White in color

Driver – Blue in color

Accountability Procedures:

Personnel accountability shall begin with the arrival of the first unit and continue until terminated by the OIC.

Level I Accountability -- When personnel board a piece of apparatus, they shall place one of their accountability tags on the apparatus collector ring in their corresponding riding position. All rural responders are to report to the Command vehicle or first piece of arriving apparatus and place accountability tag with unit assigned.

Level II Accountability – will be initiated at all “working” incidents at the discretion of the OIC. As units arrive on scene, the officer of that apparatus shall report to the OIC and give him the apparatus collector ring.

Level III Accountability – shall be initiated by the OIC when he feels more stringent tracking of personnel is necessary. An entry control point will be established and personnel will leave their second accountability tag at the ECP upon entering the hazard zone. Personnel shall retrieve their tag upon exiting the hazard zone.

As the OIC assigns sector officers, these sector officers shall be responsible for the personnel under their control. They shall keep the OIC informed of their current status and shall advise him when they move to another sector, i.e. ventilation moving to rehab sector.

When command is transferred to another officer, this change shall be conveyed to Kent Center as well as all units on the scene. It is highly recommended that an accountability status be conducted with any transfer of command.

Status Report:

On a routine basis after 20 minutes have elapsed at a “working” incident, Kent Center will advise the OIC of his 20 minute accountability check. The OIC should initiate a roll call of personnel at this time. For the duration of the incident the OIC shall be responsible for initiating roll calls at no longer than 20 minute intervals.

When roll calls are initiated sector officers shall account for all personnel in their area and report their status to the OIC when called. At the conclusion of each roll call the OIC shall document the time and initiate appropriate actions for all personnel not accounted for. The last known location of all “missing” personnel shall be transmitted to the OIC. All personnel shall remain in their designated sectors until otherwise assigned by Command. The OIC shall be responsible for all personnel not under the direction of a sector officer.

Throughout the incident the OIC may initiate a roll call of personnel, as he deems necessary such as:

- Reported missing personnel

- emergency evacuation or withdrawal of personnel

- Sudden change in incident i.e. Collapse

- change in modes of operation i.e. offensive to defensive

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-4

Date of Effect: March 1, 1991

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: RESPONDING TO ALARMS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish procedures for the safe response of members to the station during the time of an alarm.

I. TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
During alarms, all members are to respond to the station in a safe and sensible manner, adhering to all traffic regulations.

II. RESPONDING TO SCENES
Only the following members will be permitted to respond to an emergency scene in their personal vehicles:

1. Line Officers

2. Fire police

3. Duty officer (only in chief's vehicle)

4. Other members may be assigned at the fire chief's or OIC's discretion.

5. Rural responders

6. Company Photographers

All Members responding to scene will have full PPE and vest.

All members will wear their PPE and vest (when around road way) while on scene.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-5

Date of Effect: June 13, 1995

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: REHAB SECTOR

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a reasonable procure to lesson the potential of injury resulting from extended field operations under adverse conditions. This policy is in no way intended to diminish initial fire attack aggressiveness.

I. IMPLEMENTATION OF A REHAB SECTOR:
It is the responsibility of the OIC to make an early determination of the need for establishing a rehab sector. Concerns such as moderate to long working time, manpower required, and when personnel are operating under adverse temperatures or weather conditions or any other incident were the OIC deems it necessary.

II. ELEMENTS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE REHAB SECTOR
The objectives of the rehab sector are to provide a specific area for rest, refreshment, protection from extreme weather exposure, and monitoring of the physical condition of firefighters on scene. Also to provide for treatment of firefighter injuries and transportation for firefighters requiring treatment at a medical facility. The rehab sector should provide a controlled entrance / exit area with a record of all personnel reporting to / from the rehab area. The area should provide for rest, food, water and adequate shelter from extreme weather. The rehab area may need to be divided to provide a “treatment area” for individuals exhibiting signs of stress, extreme fatigue or injuries.

The duties of the rehab officer are to:

1) select rehab site and advise of location (if not already designated by oic)

2) determine personnel and resources required and request same from oic

3) log in all personnel reporting to rehab, see that they are assessed by a member of the rehab team for medical elevations or treatment

4) having crews ready for reassignment as soon as they are able to actively participate in further operations

III. PERSONNEL REPORTING TO REHAB SECTOR
Each member shall be responsible for monitoring their physical condition and request assignment to rehab as necessary; additionally company officers should continually observe members of their crew for signs of fatigue and request assignment to rehab as necessary. After no more than 30 minutes of actively participating in an operation or after the use of no more than one SCBA cylinders personnel shall be assigned to the rehab sector for medical evaluation and rest. Rest in the rehab area should be no less than 15 minutes and may exceed an hour as determined by the firefighter and rehab attendants. It is the responsibility of each member in the rehab sector to be sure to log in and out of the rehab area.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-6

Date of Effect: January 15, 1996

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: RIDING OF APPARATUS FOR INJURED MEMBERS

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for members of this department for riding the apparatus while injured or on workman’s compensation.

I. REQUIREMENTS
It is the responsibility of each member, to notify the chief of thE department, at the time that he or she is on limited or light duty, sick leave, or has any medical problem that could limit your ability to perform the normal tasks of the fire service.

This is not restricted to only injury or illness caused in the line of duty of the fire service.

II. GUIDELINE
At the time of notification of any illness or injury, the fire chief shall determine what status you will be placed on with regard to riding of the apparatus or other duties around the fire house.

If placed on limited or restricted duty, you will need to show proof that you have been released by a qualified physician to return to full active status.

Return to full active status shall be determined by the fire chief.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-7

Date of Effect: June 1, 2002

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: USE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for members of this department regarding the use of alcohol or drugs.

I. REQUIREMENTS
It shall be required that any member who has consumed, used or is in any way under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall not respond to the firehouse or scene at the time of an alarm, ride the apparatus to an alarm nor drive and/or operate any apparatus or equipment owned by the Clayton Fire Company No. 1 Incorporated.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-8

Date of Effect: June 1, 2002

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II, Fire Chief

Subject: RIT Team (Rapid Intervention Team)

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish and provide guidelines for our RIT TEAM. The team will be utilized on working incidents or operational responses where firefighters may be at risk.

I. RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Fire Chief or OIC are responsible for developing and establishing a team. This team may be used during mutual aid requests or in the Clayton Fire Company’s first due area.. It is the Incident Commanders responsibility to ensure that a RIT is established for the protection of our, and mutual companies during working incidents.

II. REQUIREMENTS OF TEAM MEMBERS:
All members of the RIT TEAM shall have the following training Basic firefighting skills, structural firefighting skills, ropes, power tools and rapid intervention classes provided by the Delaware State Fireschool or equal, and be appointed by the FIRE CHIEF. RIT Teams shall provide the following equipment, SCBA, thermal imaging camera, assorted hand tools, powertools, and rescue tools.

III. PROCEDURES:
Dispatch -- when it is reported a working alarm, the RIT team will automatically be dispatched on all structure fires accept trailers, sheds, nature unknown and garages unattached from the residence in our district, in mutual aid districts is determined by there Fire Chief, for an engine and minimum staffing of 1 officer and 3 firefighters from ours or mutual aid companies.

Staging -- The OIC of the RIT team shall notify Incident Commander prior to arriving on scene for their assignment and staging location.

Operations -- The RIT OIC shall report to the scene OIC and get a full size-up of the tasks, operations and where all crews are located in and around the structure. The RIT OIC shall take a full walk around the structure. While the RIT OIC is briefing with the scene OIC the RIT team shall be preparing their staging area with all tools needed. If permitted by the scene OIC the RIT team may also start throwing ground ladders to the structure.

Initiating RIT TEAM -- the RIT team will be notified by the scene OIC when to go into operation.

Communications -- When staging on scene the RIT team will remain on the fire operations channel to monitor. When the RIT team is in operation, the RIT TEAM, will communicate with the scene OIC and locate trapped firefighters and will also remain on the original channel. The rest of the operations will move to another channel until further notice from the scene OIC.

Termination -- Once the on scene OIC reports 10-1 and reports to terminate, then the crew may be utilized for overhaul.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-9

Date of Effect: March 1, 2009

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: William R. Carrow II., Fire Chief

Subject: Wearing of High-Visibility Safety Vest

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To Decrease the likelihood of firefighter fatalities or injuries caused by motor vehicle and fire apparatus while working within the right-of-way of any roadway.

REQUIREMENTS
(1). All firefighters within the right-of-way of a roadway who are exposed to traffic (vehicles using the roadway for purposes of travel) or to fire apparatus shall wear high visibility safety vest.

(2). There shall be one vest for each seated position in the fire apparatus. Firefighters shall don their vest while in the apparatus. Donning of vest shall be done while in a seat belt while apparatus is moving or standing when apparatus is not moving.

(3). Rural responders will be issues a vest and shall don it as soon as they arrive on scene.

(4). Firefighters who are on-scene and are directly exposed to fire, flame, excessive heat or hazardous materials would be expected not to wear a vest. Any firefighter assigned to respond to an emergency situation (i.e. R.I.T. members) should be staged off of the roadway and in the protected safe zone where they would not require a vest, until after the scene is under control at which time they could don a vest. Any firefighter on scene could easily remove (tear-away) a vest to react to unusual circumstances if necessary and don an air-pack to render assistance with direct firefighting actions.

(5). Firefighters are required to make sure their vest is placed back in service before they leave the scene.

 

CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY NO.1 INCORPORATED STANDARD OPERATING GUIDLINE # IV-10

Date of Effect: December 1, 2011

To be reviewed: January, 2013

To: All Members

Revised: March 1, 2011

Ordered By: James R. Johnson., Fire Chief

Subject: USE OF FLASHING/EMERGENCY LIGHTS ON PERSONNAL VEHICLE WHEN RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY CALLS.

This Procedure shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded.

Purpose: To establish a guideline for the use of flashing/emergency lights by members of this department who respond to the scene in their own vehicle.

I. ELIGIBILITY:
Delaware State Code Title 21 Section 434B paragraph 3 grants members of the Fire/EMS service in Delaware the authority to utilize flashing lights (wig-wags) or emergency lights on their personal vehicles when responding to an alarm.

I. REQUIREMENTS:
The Fire Chief will be the only person authorize to approve any individual the authority to utilize flashing lights (wig-wags) or emergency lighting on their personal vehicle while responding to an emergency scene or to the station for an alarm. Those individuals granted permission are obligated to obey all traffic laws when responding to alarms. Their personal vehicle even outfitted with said flashing lights/emergency lighting will not be considered an emergency vehicle at any time. Prior to the Fire Chiefs approval the member must have completed the State of Delaware Emergency Vehicle Operators course. The member requesting use of flashing/emergency lights must submit their request in writing to the fire chief accompanied by a description of type of lights and location the lights will be located. The member also must annually provide the Fire Chief with a valid copy of proof of insurance on the vehicle equipped with flashing/emergency lights. The Fire Chief will inspect all vehicle flashing/emergency lighting prior to granting the member final permission to use said lights

II. GUIDELINE:
Members granted permission to use flashing/emergency lights will obey all traffic laws when responding to any alarm or to the station for an alarm. The member will submit the proper request and/or paper work to the chief prior to being granted permission to use said lights. The member will annually provide proof of insurance on their vehicle that is equipped with said lights. The member will only be permitted to use said lights when responding to the following types of calls; Structure Fires, MVC’s, Medical Assists/CPR (only if they are a current holder of a valid CPR card), gas leak, Field/Woods fire, Rescue’s. The fire chief has the sole authority to withdraw permission of any member granted permission to use said lights at anytime if the member violates any procedures/ requirements set forth in this guideline or Guideline IV-4.