Standard Operating Procedures

PREPARATION: Motivation: Objective (SPO): 6-1 The firefighter will demonstrate a basic knowledge of standard operating procedures as a means of positioning and utilizing apparatus and personnel in a variety of common structural fireground...


    a. Assist Firefighter I in performing assigned duties

    b. Remain as part of a team with Firefighter I

    c. Equipment required includes SCBA, entry tools, handlight

 

IV. Sample Standard Operating Procedures (1-4)

A. Street Assignment (Single Family Residential)

  1. First arriving engine company

    a. Position apparatus at Side 1 (front) of the fire building to begin rescue, cover exposures, and/or

        attack and confine fire.

    b. Officer will establish initial incident command until relieved by higher ranking officer.

    c. Provide initial incident report including confirmation of location, conditions on arrival, location and

        position of unit, and any information deemed appropriate.

  2. Second arriving engine company

    a. Prime responsibility is to ensure an adequate water supply for the first engine company.

    b. Utilize personnel to advance second attack line to area above fire floor or protect exposures.

  3. Third arriving engine company take a position on Side 3 (rear).

  4. Other engine companies will remain uncommitted.

  5. Truck or squad company (if no truck or squad is available, an engine company can be assigned to

      perform these duties).

    a. Normally take a position on Side 1 (front) to ladder the building, effect any obvious rescues.

    b. Initiate search and rescue

    c. Initiate forcible entry if needed

    d. Raise ladders

    e. Provide interior and exterior lighting

    f. Perform ventilation

    g. Control utilities

It is assumed that only one truck or squad would be responding on this type of assignment.

  6. First arriving ambulance

    a. Establish an aid station at Side 1 (front) of the fire building. Park vehicle a distance from building

        so as not be impede incoming apparatus. It should also be positioned in such a manner as to allow

        a path of exit if required.

    b. Establish and operate rehab

  7. Squad (dispatched in addition to a truck or squad) - As necessary to perform search and rescue

      duties.

B. Box Alarm (Commercial building or low-rise multiple-family dwelling)

  1. First arriving engine company

    a. Position apparatus at Side 1 (front) of the fire building to begin rescue, cover exposures, and/or

        attack and confine fire.

    b. Set up water supply to sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems charged immediately if part of the

        standpipe system. Otherwise charged if smoke or flame is visible, the water motor gong is ringing,

        or the officer in charge deems it advisable.

  2. Second arriving engine company

    a. Ensure an adequate water supply for the first engine company area.

    b. Utilize personnel to advance second attack line to area above fire floor or protect exposures.

  3. Third arriving engine company shall take a position on Side 3 (rear).

  4. Other engine companies remain uncommitted.

  5. First arriving truck company

    a. Take a position on Side 1 (front) to ladder the building, effect any obvious rescues.

    b. Initiate search and rescue

    c. Initiate forcible entry if needed

    d. Raise ladders

    e. Provide interior and exterior lighting

    f. Perform ventilation

    g. Control utilities

  6. Second arriving truck company

    a. Positioned on Side 3 (rear) of the fire building, effect obvious rescue, and then report to the area

        above the fire to carry out normal truck company duties.

    b. Assist with search and rescue

    c. Assist with forcible entry if needed

    d. Raise ladders

    e. Assist with interior and exterior lighting

    f. Assist with natural and mechanical ventilation

    g. Assist utility control

  7. Squad - As necessary to perform search and rescue duties.

  8. Other Trucks or Squads – Remain uncommitted

  9. First arriving ambulance

    a. Establish an aid station at Side 1 (front) of the fire building. Park vehicle a distance from building