Cumberland County

Standard Operating Guideline

Order of Apparatus Arrival - Structural Fire Assignment

 

Purpose:

 

To establish a standard method for fire apparatus arrival and positioning at structure fire incidents. All personnel must use the procedures below during structure firefighting operations. It is important to note that unless otherwise directed by the Incident Commander you must follow this apparatus positioning guideline. Unit Officers must LIMIT radio transmissions to critical fire ground information. Single units should routinely not contact the Incident Commander for “instructions and assignments”.

 

Procedure:

 

While enroute to the incident scene Unit Officers must maintain situational awareness of their specific location and order of apparatus arrival.

 

Personnel must not take action until their Unit Officer in charge directs them to do so. All drivers who are not specifically assigned to apparatus operations will assemble with their crew.

 

Fire ground discipline is critical during all incident responses. In addition to the listed responsibilities Unit Officers must:

 

A.     Maintain crew integrity

B.     Ensure that personnel and apparatus take their assigned positions

C.    Follow this and other applicable policies, including the Incident Command System.

 

The IC may modify these assignments as necessary.

 

First Due Engine

 

1.      Unit Responsibilities  

 

Initiate water supply by laying a supply line from the most suitable water supply,  beginning a split lay or give instructions for reverse lay as necessary.

 

Position the engine on Side Alpha, reserving adequate space for the aerial unit to position. Connect to the building standpipe and/or sprinkler system, if so equipped, on or closest to Side Alpha. Activate VTAC for optimal portable radio coverage. If the first due engine is required to position elsewhere, this must be reported immediately to all other responding units and Command Officers.

 

2. Unit Officer Responsibilities

 

A. Provide water supply instructions by radio while en route to the incident location.

 

B. On arrival, if on the scene before IC give initial radio report as required and conduct size up.

 

C.    Assure accountability of crew – (leave accountability tags at the engine or drop them prior to entering hazard zone.

 

D.    Ensure Standby Team (Two-Out) is in place prior to interior attack.

 

Note: If arriving personnel find a known life hazard and immediate action may prevent the loss of life or serious injury, the crew may begin appropriate interior operations without a Standby Team in place. Once the known life hazard has been resolved, personnel must withdraw until a Standby Team or RIC/RIG has been assembled

 

3. Crew. Advance a hand line to the fire floor and begin fire attack/confinement, with attack line placement to best support the search function.

 

4. Equipment: Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, hose, and other equipment appropriate for the structures construction and operational tactics.

 

Second Due Engine

 

1. Unit. Ensure and expand upon the water supply as necessary for the first due

engine, by connecting to the hydrant and improving the intake pressure of the

first due engine, and/or laying additional supply lines as necessary.

 

2. Crew. Advance a hand line and back up the first due engine.

 

3. Equipment: Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, hose, and other

equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

 

Third Due Engine

 

1. Unit. Initiate water supply by laying a supply line from an unused hydrant, when possible, or beginning a split-lay to Side Charlie. Position the unit to reserve adequate space for aerial unit positioning. Connect to the buildings

standpipe / sprinkler system on or closest to Side Charlie. If on Side Charlie, activate VTAC for optimal portable radio coverage.

 

2. Unit Officer

 

A. Give water supply instructions by radio while en route to the incident

location.

 

B. On arrival, report to Side Charlie give reports as required.

 

3. Crew. Advance a hand line to the floor above the fire floor, or the exposure

most threatened by horizontal extension, and initiate operations. Check the

basement and the floors below the fire while en route to the floor above.

 

4. Equipment: Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, hose, and other

equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

Fourth Due Engine (Standby/Safety Engine)

 

1. Unit. Ensure, and as necessary, expand upon the water supply for the third due engine by connecting to the hydrant and improving the intake pressure of the third due engine, and/or laying additional supply lines as necessary.

 

2. Crew.

 

A. Report to the IC and advise that you are the stand by crew; unless specifically ordered otherwise, safety / standby / initial rapid intervention until the RIT Group can arrive.

 

B. Secure an additional hose line and immediately relieve the “two-out” crew and become the safety/standby/ initial rapid intervention crew. This is usually done face-to-face, but on larger scale incidents, it may be done by radio.

 

C. Determine the location of the fire and its progression.

 

D. Monitor all critical operational talk groups.

 

E. Observe fire conditions, note the progress of the fire attack, and know the location of companies working in the building.

 

F. Determine the occupancy type and building construction.

 

G. Support of 3rd due engine as needed or assigned.

 

 

3. Equipment. Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, hose, and other equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics, and any additional equipment specific to the RIC function.

 

 

Fifth Due Engine – (Manpower As Needed)

 

1. Unit. Position in an unassigned and uncommitted location to avoid impeding

responding or departing apparatus.

 

2. Crew. Report to the IC or establish manpower for assignment; do not  engage in any job task until assigned by the IC.

 

3. Equipment: Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, hose, and other

equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

First Due Aerial Unit

 

1. Unit. Position on Side Alpha

 

2. Crew:

 

A. Perform rapid outside horizontal ventilation coordinated with the fire

attack.

 

B. If necessary, perform initial forcible entry for the first due engine.

 

C. Provide secondary exit(s) for interior crews with ground and/or aerial ladders on buildings more than one story high.

 

D. After completing the duties outlined above, report to the fire floor. Initiate or assist the assigned rescue with search and rescue. Begin checking for extension by opening concealed spaces as necessary after the bulk of the fire has been extinguished.

 

E. Support the fire attack by providing lighting, and perform ventilation,            overhaul, and salvage operations.

 

3. Equipment: Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, and other equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

Second Due Aerial Unit

 

1. Unit. Position on Side Charlie

 

2. Crew

 

A. Assist first due aerial unit with outside horizontal ventilation that is

coordinated with, and supports, the fire attack plan.

 

B. Perform initial forcible entry as necessary for the third due engine.

 

C. Provide secondary exit(s) for interior crews with ground and/or aerial

ladders for buildings more than one story high.

 

D. Provide vertical ventilation when ordered or approved by the IC.

 

E. After completing the duties outlined above, report to the floor above the

fire. Initiate or assist the assigned rescue squad with search and rescue

on that floor. Begin checking for extension by opening concealed

spaces as necessary after the bulk of the fire has been extinguished.

 

F. Support the fire attack by providing lighting, and performing ventilation,

overhaul, and salvage operations.

 

3. Equipment. Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, and other

equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

 

1st Due Rescue

 

1. Unit. Position to avoid impeding responding or departing apparatus.

 

2. Unit Officer. Report to the IC or division/group supervisor as soon as the

primary and all subsequent secondary searches are completed and utilities are

controlled.

 

3. Crew: Ensure completion of a systematic search of the building; control the

buildings utilities and assist, in coordination with the assigned aerial units, with

ventilation, overhaul, and salvage activities.

 

4 Equipment. Includes SCBA, portable radios, tools, and other

equipment appropriate for the structure’s construction and operational tactics.

 

Ambulance or MICU

 

1. Unit. Position on Side Alpha, assuring that the vehicle can leave the fire ground if necessary. The vehicle does not have to be included in the aid station.

 

2. Crew. Establish an aid station on Side Alpha

 

3. Equipment. All units must carry a litter, oxygen equipment, first aid kit, a burn

kit, and ALS equipment if equipped.

 

Incident Commander

 

1. Unit - Normally, position on Side Alpha, allowing space for the engine, aerial, and rescue squad to implement tactical operations.

 

2. Officer - Establish a Command Post and assume Command of the incident

Scene, establish incident accountability, notify Headquarters to begin PAR check.

 

3. Equipment. Wear appropriate identifier vest and have immediate access to

full PPE and SCBA.

 

Additional Command Officers

 

1. Unit. Position vehicles to allow access of responding engines, aerial units,

and rescue squads.

 

2. Crew. Report to the IC for assignment.

 

3. Equipment. Wear appropriate identifier vest and have immediate access to

full PPE and SCBA.

 

 

Members Arriving POV

 

1.      Position vehicles to allow access of responding units.

 

2.      Report to the IC or manpower with full PPE and SCBA.