Section III-3

Apparatus Response Guidelines

Purpose:  To establish Apparatus Response guidelines (Run Order) for all types of emergency and non-emergency calls in district and in mutual aid response areas.

Scope:   These guidelines are applicable to all Three Star Fire Department personnel responsible for apparatus decision-making when responding to emergency and non-emergency calls in district and in mutual aid response areas.

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.

Policy:

Personnel responding to the scene on any Three Star Fire Department apparatus will first report to the Officer or Acting Officer in the front seat of the apparatus, confirming that the officer is aware of which firefighters will be responding with that particular apparatus.

Drivers will not respond unless they are absolutely certain of the location to which they are responding.

Drivers and officers must monitor radio traffic and communications while responding to all incidents.  These communications are an integral part of their size-up process and will provide vital information about the conditions at the scene and which apparatus to follow-up with as situations/conditions change.  The Officer or Acting Officer must be aware of transmissions related to problems that may be encountered at the scene, such as water supply problems, people trapped, location of the fire, heavy smoke condition, etc. (Section III-14, Radio Guidelines).

Follow all guidelines in standard operating guidelines outlined in Section II-8 and II-9.

When the apparatus arrives in the area of the incident, it will slow its response, as to attempt to locate a water sources, the best route to take to reach the scene, other approaching fire apparatus, civilians, type of fire, etc. and should not hinder incoming units.

The front of the structure, or any area designated by the Officer in Charge, will be reserved for engine responding so that company evolutions may be executed with ease and the least amount of impediments.

Primary Response:  Three Star Fire Department apparatus are to respond to the following types of alarms in the predetermined order within our fire management zone:

Structure Fire:  Engine 33, Engine 31, Tanker 31, Rescue 3, Brush Truck 3

Vehicle Fire:  Engine 33,  Tanker 31, Rescue 3

Brush, Trash Fire:  Brush Truck 3, Engine 31, Engine 33

CO & Other Gas or “Odor” Calls:  Engine 33, Tanker 31

Power Line Incidents & Other Service Calls:  Rescue 3, Engine 33

Automobile Accidents (including extrication calls):  Rescue 3, Engine 33

EMS:  Rescue 3, Brush Truck 3

Haz-Mat Calls:  Engine 33, Tanker 31, Rescue 3

 

Mutual Aid:  Officer in charge will ascertain from Central Dispatch or requesting agency what primary purpose our responding units will be utilized for, and determine what will respond according to purpose.  Additional guidance is provided in Mutual Aid Guidelines (Section III-15).

                                                                                                       

Structure Fire:   Tanker 31,  Brush Truck 3, Engine 31

Vehicle Fire:  Engine 33,  Tanker 31

Brush, Trash Fire:  Brush Truck 3, Tanker 31

CO & Other Gas or “Odor” Calls:  Engine 31, Tanker 31

Power Line Incidents & Other Service Calls:  Brush Truck 3, Engine 31

Automobile Accidents (including extrication calls):  Rescue 3, Engine 33

EMS:  Brush Truck 3

Haz-Mat Calls:  Engine 33, Tanker 31