Responding to Dispatches
Purpose: To establish minimum guidelines for acknowledging and responding to emergency dispatches.
Scope: The scope of this policy pertains to all Chiefs, Officers, and Firefighters who respond to emergency calls.
The existence of these written guidelines is not intended to limit any member in the exercise of judgment or initiative in taking the action a reasonable person would take in extraordinary situations that may arise in the fire service. Much by necessity must be left to the training, experience, initiative, integrity, and discretion of the members of the Three Star Fire Department.
It is the duty of all Officers and Acting Officers to ensure that these guidelines are strictly adhered to and enforced by all personnel of the Three Star Fire Department. These guidelines will be utilized while operating at emergency operations, mutual aid incidents, training exercises, and while in quarters.
A. All members of Three Star Fire Department will respond to emergency calls dispatched by either pager tone, direct radio traffic (dispatch calls while we are on another emergency scene), walk in, or telephone.
B. All emergency calls will require a dispatch unless he/she can justify why it was not necessary or needed.
C. No member of Three Star Fire Department will report directly to or respond to an emergency scene, within Three Star fire district, without proper tones from dispatch and/or Three Star base.
D. No member of Three Star Fire Department will report directly to or respond to another Fire Departmentís emergency without Three Star Fire Department dispatches from Central Dispatch.
E. In the absence of an Officer, Three Star Fire Department apparatus may respond with an Acting Officer. Acting Officers must be fully familiar with the Incident Command System, along with all Three Star Fire Department operating guidelines and policies. In the absence of an Officer, apparatus may respond with an interior qualified firefighter assuming the Acting Officer role as long as that individual firefighter understands the duties and responsibilities, and they are fully capable to serve as Acting Officer. Probationary Firefighters cannot serve as Acting Officers.
F. In the absence of an Officer, the senior firefighter present shall assume the Acting Officer functions and perform the role of an Officer.
G. At no time will an Acting Officer go directly to the emergency. All personnel will report to the fire station to ensure proper apparatus and personnel are staffed and assigned with the exception of the Chief and Assistant Chief.
H. Response responsibilities of Lieutenants and Acting Officers for all incidents are to include:
I. Response responsibilities of the Chief and Assistant Chief for all incidents are to include:
Any person responding to an emergency incident shall insure that he/she has all of his/her turnout equipment either in their possession or placed on the appropriate responding apparatus. Safety should come first in all circumstances.