Looking for any procedures your department uses in fighting fires on Interstate Highways. Also interested in any laws concerning the use of emergency vehicles on Interstate Highways.
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03-22-1999, 12:55 PM #1Bill HouxFirehouse.com Guest
Fire Fighting Procedures on Interstate Highways?
03-22-1999, 02:11 PM #2Perry2085Firehouse.com Guest
In reply to your question about Highway issues. Our Department at times responds via our Mutual Aid when called by one of our neighboring Depts. Depending on the situtation of the call there are times that we may close down a part or the whole road. We see a lot of MVA's and some times we are called for fires and our first concern is for the safety of our people. So if we have to close down the road to work we do that. Also responding to the fire/EMS call there are times that the traffic is so thick that we must use the berm to pass traffic. At those times we pass carefully to the left until we reach the scene and have time to look it over to figure out what we will do. I hope this helps.
03-23-1999, 05:48 PM #3GillFirehouse.com Guest
The police can come in real handy when it comes to diverting or controlling traffic on the highways. They are usually on scene when our rigs arrive on scene. We/they use cones to help divert people into other lanes of traffic also.
Another idea to consider if you have more than one rig on scene...place one in the lane of traffic you want to use. This should force other cars to move to another lane, and it provides a buffer between you and the traffic if a motorist doesn't merge to another lane.
Just some thoughts, hoped it helped.
03-24-1999, 05:39 PM #4ccc530Firehouse.com Guest
Just remember that if someone runs into your apparatus, you are out of service. True, better the engine than the firefighter but it's best to have PD control the traffic. The CHP has a policy that allows for its' officers to do whatever is needed to protect the scene and thus they will close the road in a heartbeat. My PD is the opposet. I suggest using safety vests for all personel on scene, proper placement of apparatus, Pre-arrainged proceedures and cooperation with your PD, and most important, NEVER turn your back to the traffic. Also, according to a CALTRANS study, you should try to avoid attracing attention, especially with your lights. Impaired drivers tend to be drawn to flashing lights. Clear the scene ASAP. Be safe and God Bless.
03-24-1999, 11:53 PM #5TASK FORCE 5Firehouse.com Guest
BILL; OUR DEPT HAS A MAJOR STATE HWY RUNNING THROUGH THE CITY,,DISPATCH TO ANYTHING ON THE FREEWAY IS ONE ENGINE IN EACH DIRECTION (A LOT OF CALLS ARE FROM CELL PHONE WITH SHAKEY LOCATION FROM PEOPLE PASSING THROUGH) PROCEDURE IS TO PARK OFF THE PAVEMENT IF POSSIBLE, IF THE LANES ARE BLOCKED AT THE SCENE USE THE ENGINE TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS, ALL OF OUR ENGINES HAVE A LIGHT STICK MOUNTED HIGH ON THE REAR OF THE RIG,,IT CAN POINT IN LEFT PASS OR RIGHT PASS DIRECTION OR SPLIT TRAFFIC,,THESE LIGHTS ARE VERY GOOD FOR DIRECTION TRAFFIC AND CAN BE SEEN FOR A LONG DISTANCE..IF WE HAVE A PIN IN THEN THE RESCUE OR TRUCK COMPANIES RESPOND..IF ALL LANES ARE STOPPED BY THE ACCIDENT OR HIGHWAY PATROL THEN ANY ADDITONAL RESPONDING UNITS CAN USE THE ONCOMING LANES FOR APPROACH BUT ONLY IF TOTALLY STOPPED,,AT NIGHT WE TURN OFF THE STROBES AS DRUNKS SEEM TO BE ATTRACTED TO THEM,,WE USE LIGHT STICKS, AND REGULAR REDS,,FRONT AND REAR,,LIGHT BARS ARE OPERATED ALSO,,ALL FIRE PERSONNEL ARE IN FULL TURNOUTS WITH THE REFLECTIVE STRIPS,,EVEN THE BRUSH GEAR HAS REFLECTIVE STRIPS,,CLEAR THE SCENE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE,,WE DO NOT GO CODE ON THE FREEWAY AS MOST CARS AND TRUCKS TRAVEL FASTER THAN WE CAN AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO,,AS WE APPROCH THE INCIDENT WE GO TO THE REDS,,YOU SHOULD HAVE BASIC SOP FOR FREEWAY BUT MAKE IT SO IT GIVES THE CAPT OR BC A LOT OF VARIANCE TO CHANGE AS CONDITIONS CHANGE, THIS SEEMS TO WORK BEST...STAY SAFE
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