18th Brandon Daniels 425
BETSY LAYNE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES
JUNE 9, 2014
SOG #100 UNIFORM CODE
Black turnouts with Lime Green trim
Yellow helmets (blue helmets for EMTs)
Black fire boots
Black turnouts with Lime Green trim
Black fire boots
CLASS A (Dress Uniforms)
White long or short-sleeve shirts
Blue dress tie
Blue dress pants
Black dress belt
Blue dress coat with double-brested buttons (with proper collar insignia and badge on left (honor) side and Betsy Layne Fire Department patch on left shoulder with United States flag on right shoulder)
White dress-style hat with Maltese Cross badge
White dress gloves (as required)
Rank stripes on both sleeves
CLASS B (BDU Uniforms)
Navy blue long or short-sleeve shirts (with all assigned insignia (gold for officers and silver for firefighters), collar insignia badge and belt buckle, Betsy Layne Fire Department patch on left sleeve and Unites States flag on right sleeve)
Navy blue pants
Black shoes or boots (Betsy Layne Fire Department dress-issued footwear)
Black dress belt
Navy Betsy Layne Fire Department-issued ballcaps (as required)
CLASS C (Casual Dress Attire)
Navy Betsy Layne Fire Department-issued tee shirts or sweatshirts (depending upon the weather)
Navy Betsy Layne Fire Department-issued ballcaps.
The office in charge will designate short or long-sleeve shirts, type of pants, and type of shoes shall be worn at each function.
CLASS A shall be worn for funerals, court proceedings, honor functions, or as the Fire Chief deems appropriate.
CLASS B shall be worn for public education events, in-house dinners, parades, and other BLFD presentations of the like.
CLASS C shall be worn for training schools, cookouts, etc.
In cold weather, all firefighters are to wear their navy blue BLFD-issued fleece coat
While working on or around a public roadway, firefighters shall wear their BLFD-issued fluorescent vest or coat (depending on weather condition.)
The badge shall be worn above the left front shirt pocket or in the approximated badge area on CLASS A or CLASS B uniforms. The badge may be worn on the belt with CLASS C dress attire.
Collar insignia shall be worn with the center pointing down to the collar point (Chief will have 5 bugles, Asst. Chief 4 bugles, Captain 2 bugles or bars, Lieutenant 1 bugle or bar.
Only the line officers should wear gold badges, collar insignia, or name tags.
The name tags shall be worn directly above the right shirt pocket.
All uniforms shall be kept clean, free from tears or wrinkles.
CLASS A and CLASS B uniforms shall be worn as stated above (no mixing).
No patch or pin shall be worn with BLFD uniforms unless Chief or line officers approve prior to placement.
Neck jewelry should be worn inside the uniform. No head jewelry shall be worn with CLASS A or CLASS B uniforms.
SOG #101 WATER RESOURCE OFFICER
.1 Shall have records and knowledge of water supply sources.
.2 Shall assist a line officer with his knowledge in the event of an emergency.
.3 Shall have knowledge of back-up sources (pools, cisterns, creeks, ponds, and
other fire departments).
.4 Shall keep a list of all faulty hydrants.
.5 Shall keep the water company informed of all faulty hydrants.
.6 Shall assist in preplanning by calculating the g.p.m. flow for the said structure.
SOG #102 HYDRANT/HOSE COMMITTEE
.1 Personnel shall be responsible for inspections on a bi-annual basis.
.2 Personnel shall be responsible for maintaining records of inspections.
.3 Personnel shall check hose at a minimum of 250 psi. The 5” supply line shall
be checked at 100 psi.
.4 Personnel shall record faulty hose and remove them from service.
.5 Personnel shall record faulty hydrants and notify the proper authorities of them.
SOG #103 AIR-FILLING STATION
.1 Personnel shall have knowledge and authorization before operating the
.2 Personnel shall have knowledge of maintenance on the system.
.3 Personnel shall have knowledge of all safety precautions.
.4 Personnel shall keep records of compressor hours.
.5 Personnel shall keep records of cylinders being filled and shall always check
hydrostat date before filling them.
.6 Cylinders shall be refilled to their capacity after each use.
SOG #104 SAFETY COMMITTEE
.1 Designated to create a safe and healthy work environment for the department.
.2 Should include the safety officer and management personnel.
.3 Should conduct research development recommendations, study, and review
matters pertaining to occupational safety and health within the department.
SOG #105 SAFETY OFFICER
.1 Should be responsible for the management of the occupational safety and
health programs within the department.
SOG #106 STAYING OVERNIGHT AT THE FIRE STATION
.1 The kitchen and both restrooms are to be cleaned after each use. Absolutely,
no food shall be left inside the building overnight nor should any food be taken
outside of the kitchen or dining areas.
.2 Absolutely, no visitors after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a line officer.
.3 Personal calls on the business phone shall be limited to only five (5) minutes.
No long distance calls shall be made unless it is regarding fire department
business. All long distance calls shall be logged in the dispatch office.
.4 KEEP OUT OF ALL TRUCKS!!!
.5 Personnel shall furnish their own sheets, towels, and toiletries.
.6 Absolutely no pornography will be permitted.
.7 All doors are to be locked at night.
.8 All lights shall be turned off except for the rooms in use.
.9 All doors are to be closed unless a person is in attendance.
.10 All doors are to be closed and locked when the building is vacant.
.11 If an excess of one person stays overnight, one will be appointed to be in
charge and to also be responsible to see that all rules are obeyed and all
assigned work is completed.
.12 Personnel will be asked to work when staying overnight and this work will
consist of only the jobs that were assigned to them.
.13 Any member receiving an emergency call when staying overnight at the fire
station shall dispatch the incident over the radio.
.14 The mobile radios in each fire truck are to remain on Channel 1 at all times
with the exception of an emergency concerning the Betsy Layne Fire Dept.
SOG #107 CONTAMINATION/DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES
.1 All incidents in which the department personnel are treating or extricating
victims are to be handled as if airborne or blood-born pathogen contamination
.2 All personnel working on or around victims where exposure to blood, body
fluids, or airborne pathogens exist shall wear sterile rubber gloves, disposable
face masks, and work with their helmet shields down. This is in addition to
their turnout equipment which must be worn on all incidents.
.3 Any personnel becoming exposed to blood or body fluids must report
immediately to a line officer. Upon arrival at the station, the line officer shall fill
out an exposure form which shall be placed in the member’s personal file.
The Health Officer shall determine if a contamination risk exists. (Section K
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.4 All equipment which has been exposed to blood, body fluids, or airborne
pathogens shall be cleaned with bleach solution in accordance with Section G
OSHA blood-born pathogen manual. A bleach solution or a germicide shall
be kept on each fire truck.
.5 All personnel returning from incidents where blood-born pathogens may have
existed must wash their hands thoroughly in accordance with Section D
.6 All infected waste (bandages, gloves, face masks, etc.) shall be placed in a
marked, infected waste bag and disposed of in accordance with Section E
OSHA manual. Waste bags shall be kept on each fire truck and be disposed
of properly b the Health Officer. Contaminated bags shall not remain on the
premises for no longer than forty-eight (48) hours.
SOG #108 COMMUNICATIONS
.1 Notification of alarm will be the first alert. Time of day should be announced if
possible. First alert may be any of the following:
Direct Radio Traffic
Telephone over the Radio
Telephone then Alert over the Radio
.2 Personnel shall acknowledge that they will be responding or assisting by
advising their unit number followed by the word “clear”. If a firefighter is
unable to respond, he should remain silent over the radio.
.3 The second alert should shortly follow the first alert. The information about
the incident shall be repeated and trucks will then be assigned.
.4 Trucks shall be assigned by a line officer (or a driver if a line officer is not
present) depending on the location and nature of the emergency.
*The officer or driver shall indicate as follows : “Unit ___ clear on Engine #___”
which the firefighter will be bringing to the scene.
**The officer or driver may ask for a volunteer driver by indicating the following:
“I need for Unit ___ to clear on Engine ___”. The volunteer driver would confirm he received the message by saying “Unit___ is clear on Engine ___”.
***Trucks may be assigned on the first alert if so desired.
.5 If a firefighter is in the general location of the incident and does not have an
assignment, he should respond to the incident for discovery and evaluation.
The unit shall notify an officer or driver by indicating that “Unit ___ is clear on
.6 The most important radio traffic at this time shall be the line officers, truck
drivers, incident evaluator, and/or mutual aid which may be notified at any time
after the first alert and firefighters clearing on an incident.
.7 Upon arrival by a line officer or the incident evaluator, an line officer, a truck
driver, or the incident evaluator shall report updated information and/or intent
and announce command.
SOG #109 RESPONSE TO ROADWAY/ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES
.1 Position apparatus to protect firefighters and others
.2 An apparatus used to protect a scene should be parked at an angle from oncoming traffic.
.3 Wheels on a parked apparatus should be turned away from the scene being protected.
.4 Fire apparatus may be used to block at least one additional traffic lane and/or a shoulder/median in addition to one blocked by a crashed vehicle.
.5 It may be necessary at times to completely shut down traffic on a roadway to provide adequate protection for emergency personnel.
.6 At intersections, or where an incident may be near the middle of a roadway, two or more sides of the incident may need to be protected.
.7 For first arriving apparatus where a charged hose line may be needed, block traffic so that the pump operator is on the opposite side of oncoming traffic.
.8 IT SHALL BE THE POLICY OF THE BLFPD TO POSITION UNITS AT THE SCENE OF EMERGENCIES IN A MANNER THAT BEST PROTECTS THE WORK AREA AND PERSONNEL FROM VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AND OTHER HAZARDS.
.9 Traffic cones and the “Emergency Scene Ahead” road signs should be used to provide advance warning of an upcoming emergency scene.
.10 All responding personnel should wear a turnout coat, reflective vest, or reflective raincoat and a firefighting helmet during roadway/roadside operations. Full turnout gear should be worn at all injury accidents, vehicle fires, or Haz-Mat incidents.
.11 Personnel should place cones and/or flares while facing oncoming traffic.
.12 Personnel should face oncoming traffic while flagging.
.13 Personal vehicles and/or unneeded emergency vehicles should stage off the roadway whenever possible.
.14 Personnel should turn off sources of vision impairment to approaching motorists at nighttime incidents including vehicle headlights.
.15 An SCBA should be worn for all vehicle fires.
SOG #110 HELICOPTER LANDING ZONES & TAKEOFFS
.1 When needed within the Betsy Layne Fire Protection District, a helicopter(s) should be landed in one of the four designated landing zones (l.z.’s) at either Betsy Layne, Harold, or Ivel when so possible. Coordinates for these l.z.‘s are located in the back of the green folder in each apparatus. Landing a helicopter on the highway should be avoided if at all possible, especially at night.
.2 All members responding to the helicopter l.z. should wear full protective turnout gear.
.3 Fire apparatus response to an l.z. should be made in Engine 1, Unit 3, or Engine 4.
.4 A walk-over of the l.z. should be completed prior to landing the helicopter in order to remove loose debris from the area.
.5 Only one firefighter on scene should be designated to be the ground contact with the pilot when landing the helicopter.
.6 Vehicles should be parked under power lines to mark them for the pilot. Headlights should be turned off during helicopter landings and/or takeoffs however emergency vehicle lights should remain on during this operation.
.7 All firefighters should assume as safe a location as practical during both helicopter landings and takeoffs.
.8 Firefighters should deploy to limit public access for all four sides of the helicopter.
.9 Anyone without full protective turnout equipment on (other than ambulance personnel) should not be in or near the l.z.
.10 During landings and takeoffs, designated firefighters should be prepared to deploy a hose line and the pump operator should be prepared to charge said line if necessary therefore drivers should remain with the engines throughout the operation at the l.z.
.11 When approaching a helicopter, eye contact should be made with the pilot and permission given to approach by the pilot.
.12 Firefighters should not approach the helicopter while the blades are spinning unless requested to do so. They should be particularly cautious of the tail rotor and should never approach this area when the rotor is spinning.
.13 Pilots use night vision goggles therefore floodlights and/or flashlights should be turned off during landing or takeoff at night.
.14 Portable landing lights should be deployed at night.
SOG # 111 TRUCK DISPATCH ORDER
.1 Truck Dispatch Order will be up to the discretion of the officer in charge.