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Is natural gas lighter than air

Natural gas is much lighter than air and will usually dissipate rapidly when outdoors. Inside buildings, however, it tends to pocket, particularly in attics and dead air spaces


What is the flammable range if natural gas and is it toxic

The flammable range is approximately 4% to 15% in air. Natural gas itself is nontoxic, however, it can displace oxygen and result in asphyxiation if in a confined space


How can we tell what the flammable ranges are of natural gas

Flammable gas ranges shall only be determined by a combustible gas instrument. Request the dispatch of a Hazardous Incident Response Team the Hazardous Materials Team (Mesa), or a Ladder Company (Mesa) to obtain a Combustible Gas Instrument (CGI). Also request the appropriate utility company


When should we ventilate a building with a gas leak

If a gas concentration is encountered inside, adjacent to, or underneath any building, secure all possible sources of ignition in the affected area. Disconnect electricity from outside the affected area to avoid arcing. Ventilate buildings where gas is found with explosion proof equipment only


What's used to detect ground leaks of natural gas

The use of ground probes is essential to evaluate potential underground leaks. When gas company personnel are on the scene, ground probe readings and locations must be coordinated. Time, location, and concentration should be recorded for each probe--sub-sequent readings should be taken from same holes when possible


Who is responsible for locating and eliminating leaks

Gas company personnel shall be responsible for locating and eliminating leak sources


What are the 5 steps to control a gas leak

1. Evacuate any civilians in the area of escaping gas.
2. Attempt to locate the source of the gas and any shutoff devices available.
3. Gas leak situations within a building where the source of the leak is unknown or uncontrolled, the gas supply shall be shut off at the meter. Command shall ensure the meter is red-tagged and locked off until repairs are completed. This is most easily accomplished with the cooperation of the gas supplier at the scene.
4. If there is any indication of gas accumulating within a building, evacuate civilians from the structure and control ignition sources. Check for explosive concentrations with a combustible gas indicator if there is any suspicion of accumulation within a structure. Shut off electrical power from an outside breaker. Ventilate using explosion proof blowers to pressurize if necessary.
5. If gas company personnel must excavate to shut off a leak, provide standby protection with a charged 1-1/2-inch line and two firefighters in full protective equipment and SCBA


What is the proper ppe for a gas leak

All personnel working in the vicinity of a known or suspected gas leak shall wear full protective clothing with SCBA's.
Personnel working in a suspected ignitable atmosphere (i.e., attempting to shut off a gas line) shall be breathing air from SCBA and shall be covered by a manned, and charged, protective hoseline. The number of exposed personnel will be kept to an absolute minimum at all times


Who is called to an incident with a co a detector that has natural gas at its location

Any incident involving a carbon monoxide detector, with natural gas serving the property, will require notification of the Utilities Control Center through Alarm. They will determine whose delivery area is involved, i.e., City of Mesa or Southwest Gas and dispatch the appropriate utility company. Alarm will give the fire company an ETA.


Should fire crews cancel the gas company if there is no emergency

Fire is not to cancel the gas company representatives, even though the situation may have been stabilized before their arrival


Any incident involving a carbon monoxide alarm, with other fuel sources, such as propane or a residence with a fireplace will require an investigation by Mesa Fire Department personnel what is the procedure

• Zero meter in fresh air and comply with all other start-up procedures as recommended by the manufacturer of the metering equipment.
• Initiate a survey of the premises to determine if there are any amounts above 5 ppm of carbon monoxide present.
• All members should make complete use of SCBA in any atmosphere that is in excess of 35 ppm of CO. If the fire company doesn't have meter abilities, any search or investigation inside the structure should include the use of SCBA.
• Keep in mind that any prior ventilation efforts and shutting-off of fuel fired appliances may have caused lower readings on meters. Attempt to keep premises in same condition as when the alarm went off initially, to determine accurate concentrations of CO. Some situations may require shutting fuel off and ventilation, initially. The concentration of carbon monoxide and potential spread to other units in multi-family occupancies will determine when these will be accomplished


What is a normal reading for C O

Any reading above 5 ppm shall be considered an above normal reading


Spanning and/or calibration shall be done on each instrument (except RMD* instruments) prior to making entry into the following atmospheres:

• contaminated atmospheres
• atmospheres which may suddenly become contaminated
• atmospheres where there is suspected oxygen deficiency
• atmospheres which are suspected of being contaminated or oxygen deficient
• or at any other time it may be necessary to render an instrument in a ready state of conditions


Members should be aware of the indications of potential clandestine drug laboratories when responding to EMS, fire, check odor, or any other service request. Common indicators are

Unusual odors like ether, acetic, solvents, and odors of urea.
• Glassware that is normally associated with school or industrial laboratories, such as flasks, beakers, flasks with vacuum ports, glass cooling towers, and funnels.
• Heating elements, hot plates, or heating mantles.
• Vacuum pumps, plastic or rubber tubing.
• Marked and unmarked chemical containers of various sizes


What is the Suspected Drug Laboratory Operation-Notification Process(who needs to be notified)

Members that encounter a suspected laboratory should withdraw to a safe location as soon as it is possible, using discretion on actions and radio conversation. The Battalion Chief, law enforcement, and the Special Ops Captain, should be notified of the situation. If a situation warrants additional immediate action (e.g. evacuation of surrounding areas, several victims, a chemical release or spill), request through Alarm the appropriate hazardous materials response. Command should also request, through Alarm, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Emergency Response Division


What is different about a drug lab fire

The color of the flames may appear to be an unusually bright or dark orange, or the flames may be of several different colors. An unusual color of smoke or odor may also be present


What agency needs to be called prior to making entry into a clandestine drug lab

Prior to taking any action at a suspected clandestine drug laboratory, the Mesa Fire and Medical Department will request the response of a representative of the Department of Environmental Quality Emergency Response Division. If a representative from the Department of Environmental Quality is unable to respond directly to the location of the incident, every effort will be made to contact a representative by telephone to inform them of the situation. This shall be accomplished by the Special Ops Captain


Who is responsible for disposal of the material in a clandestine drug lab

Proper disposal of the hazardous material(s) in a clandestine laboratory is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency that is making the seizure. The law enforcement agency on-scene must arrange clean-up with the proper contractor


What are considered confined spaces

Confined spaces include caverns, tunnels, pipes, tanks, and any other locations where ventilation and access are restricted by the configuration of the space. These factors may also apply to basements or attics. Confined space incidents may involve injured persons, persons asphyxiated or overcome by toxic substances, cave-ins or fires occurring within the space


What is involved in the initial assessment in a confined space incident

Command should attempt to secure a Responsible Party (R.P). or witness to the accident to determine exactly what happened.
If there is a language barrier call in an interpreter
An immediate assessment of the hazards present
If no witness is present, Command may have to look for clues on the scene that may indicate what has happened.
An assessment of the victim(s) should be done.
Command should determine how many victims have been affected. Command should determine how long the victims have been down, the mechanism of injury, and the survivability profile of the victim. An early decision must be made as to whether the operation is a rescue or recovery mode.
Ask alarm the time from initial dispatch to the first on-scene company.
Establish communications with the victim as soon as possible. Locate confined space permit and all other information about the space


What are pre entry operations in a confined space incident

A. Establish a perimeter. Consider using a Site Control Sector. The size of the perimeter should be dictated by the atmospheric conditions, wind direction, structural stability, etc.
B.Stop all unnecessary traffic in the area.
C.Assure vehicles park downwind from incident if vehicles are running.
D. Establish ventilation to general area if necessary.
E.Assign Lobby Sector at perimeter entrance.
F. Assign Safety Sector. Assign Rehab Sector


What should the audio alarm be set at in a confined space

Any instruments used to monitor the confined space shall have: An audio-alarm. Have the audio-alarm set at: - 19.5% and 23.5% for oxygen levels (O2 readings below 12% will affect the flammability readings) - - - 10% of the LEL 35 ppm for carbon monoxide 10 ppm for hydrogen sulfide


How often should hazard sector give command atmosphere readings

Hazard Sector shall give Command atmosphere readings at least every 5 minutes with an announcement of offensive or defensive mode (i.e., rescue or recovery


How can safety insure utilities are not turned back on

Safety Sector shall post a guard to assure the utilities are not turned on during the operation


What's the ratio of members outside to inside the confined space

Command shall assign a Rescue Sector. Rescue Sector shall provide a minimum 2:1 ratio of personnel outside the confined space to support members inside.
This shall include a standby rescue team with a 1:1 ratio to provide immediate assistance to members in the confined space


How long are rescuers allowed to stay in a confined space

If entry members use SCBA, they shall enter no farther than one half the amount of supplied air minus 500 lbs. EXAMPLE: 2000 PSI tank gauge pressure--1/2 = 1000 PSI minus 500 PSI = 500 PSI usage. Entry team members shall use personal air monitoring devices that monitor flammability and O2 as a minimum. Entry team members shall have a Class II or III harness on prior to entry. Class III harness shall be used if inversion of the rescuer is possible


Consider assigning the following sectors to initially arriving units: of a confined space rescue

Safety, Site Control, Lobby, Treatment, Staging and Resource. After the arrival of the Technical Rescue and Hazardous Material Teams, assign the following sectors to them: Ventilation, Hazard, Extrication, and Rescue


What is the definition of a trench

For the purpose of emergency response, a trench or excavation shall be defined as any depression, hole, trench or earthen wall, man-made or natural, of a depth or height four feet or greater


How far from a trench shall engines and staging be

Apparatus Engineer shall spot the apparatus at least 50 feet from the location of the trench. Command shall establish Level 1 staging at least 150 feet from the scene


In a trench rescue how far should each zone be

Hot zone extends from 0-50 feet
• Warm zone extends from 50-150 feet
• Cold zone extends from 150-300 feet


What distances should non essential personnel be during trench rescue

Remove all non-essential civilian personnel to at least 300 feet from the scene.
• Remove all non-essential rescue personnel to at least 50 feet from the scene. Vibrations
• Shut off non-essential equipment operating within 300 feet of the scene


How far should the ladders be in a trench rescue

Ingress and egress ladders no more than 25 feet apart or less


What is defined as a rope rescue

Rope rescue is defined as any rescue attempt that requires rope and related equipment to safely gain access to, and remove patients from, hazardous geographic areas with limited access such as mountains, high rise buildings, above or below grade structures, by means of rope system. Mountain/rope rescues are divided into two general categories, non-technical and technical


What is a non technical rescue

Non-technical evacuations are those of less than 40° inclination


What is a technical rope rescue

Technical evacuations are considered those from 40º to 90º. Technical evacuations require the dispatch of the Technical Rescue Team (TRT). A TRT response will consist of the Technical Rescue Team (TRT), 2E, L/LT, Battalion Chief, HazMat, Safety Officer, Special Operations Capt., Command Van, Utility Truck


What is the construction of the life line

Construction: Nylon, low-stretch kern mantle
1. Has an inner core and an outer sheath
2. Outer sheath protects core
3. 75%-85% of the ropes strength comes from the core, depending on manufacturer


What are the Specifications:of life line

1. Diameter: 1/2" (12.7mm)
2. Strength: 9,000 pounds (loses approximately 15% when wet)
3. Lengths: 100' for most companies; up to 600' lengths on Support-12 and


Webbing specs and care

Uses: Anchor slings, gear slings, harness, and lashing.
• Construction: Nylon, spiral weaves, tubular.
• Specifications: One inch wide, Strength of 4,000 pounds.
• Maintenance: Same as rope.
• Care: Same as rope.
• Cautions: Same as rope


ACCESSORY CORD uses and maintenance

• Uses: Loops of 8 mm accessory cord (AC) can be attached to a host rope by a prusik hitch to form attachment points for pulleys. Long loops of 6 mm AC can be tied to allow their use as "soft" ascenders to climb a host rope.
• Construction: Nylon, low stretch, kern mantle.
• Specifications: Rope diameter may vary from 6 mm to 9 mm, depending on application.
• Maintenance: Same as rope.
• Care: Same as rope.
• Cautions: Same as rope


Carabiners Specifications:

Steel: 9,000 pounds breaking strength.
Aluminum: 5,500 pounds breaking strength
Construction: Locking, steel, pin type, not lock sleeve dependent. Locking, aluminum, pin type, not lock sleeve dependent


PULLEYS construction and specifications

Construction: Sealed ball bearing, anodized aluminum sides. • Specifications: 2" and 4" size. 6,000-8,000 pound breaking strength


What are some of the primary hazards associated with a water rescue

Some hazards associated with water rescue operations would be: volume, velocity, and temperature of water, floating debris, unusual drop-offs, hydraulic effects, and depth of water


The order of water rescue from low risk to high risk will be

TALK( talk pt to the shore)
REACH (reach for pt to pull yo safety)
THROW (throw pt flotation device)
ROW( use boat rescue if needed)
GO (put a rescuer in the water)
HELO (using a helicopter is very high risk)


What are the 5 tactical considerations in a structural collapse

Phase I. Arrive On-Scene. Take Command. Size-Up.
Phase II. Pre-Rescue Operations
Phase III. Rescue Operations
Phase IV. Selected debris removal
Phase V. General Debris Removal/Termination


Which unit is recommended by cad

The CAD system recommends the closest, most appropriate units for dispatch based on current unit location, capability and status information. The CAD system combines this information with the Event Type


Can a unit fulfill more then one primary requirement? (Ladder TRT)

A unit can fulfill only one primary requirement. A unit can fulfill more than one secondary requirement when necessary. (For example: A Ladder Company is ALS and can provide extrication


Structure fire dispatch prOrocols

Structure Fire = STRU 0 3 E, L / LT, B WORK E,B,CV,U,RHB,SAF,INV,AMB, WORK
Page STRU 1 3 E, 2L / LT,3 B, INV, SAF, WORK
Page STRU 2 6E, 3L / LT, 2B,U, WORK
STRU 3 4 E, 2 L / LT, B, WORK
STRU 4 4 E, 2 L / LT, B, WORK
STRU 5 4 E, 2 L / LT, B, WORK


Haz mat dispatch protocols

HZMAT 1 2 E, L / LT, 2 B, 2 HAZMAT
HZMAT 2 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
HZMAT 3 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
HZMAT 4 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
HZMAT 5 4 E, 2 L / LT, B


Small Hazmat incident dispatch

HAZ 0 E / L / LT, HM / HMT, 1Hazmat SO Page


2N1 major med incident dispatch

2N1M 0 B, 2 E, L / LT/EX (Engine with extrication capabilities)
2N1M 1 2 E, L / LT, B, CV, SAF
2N1M 2 6 E / L / LT, B, RHB
2N1M 3 6 E / L / LT, B
2N1M 4 6 E / L / LT, B
2N1M 5 6 E / L / LT, B


Wildland fire dispatch

BRUSH 0 2 E / LT, T, 2 BR, B
BRUSH 1 2 E / LT, 2 BR, B, T, RHB, CV, U, SAF
BRUSH 2 4 E / LT, 2 BR, B, T
BRUSH 3 4 E / LT, 2 BR, B
BRUSH 4 6 E / L / LT, B
BRUSH 5 6 E / L / LT, B


Gateway alert 2 dispatch

ALT2 0 3 E, L / LT, FM, AT, B


Gateway alert 3 =

ALT3 0 FM, AT, 5 E, 2 L / LT, 2 B, T, HM, CV, U, SO, SAF INV
ALT3 1 FM, 4 E, 2 L / LT, B, T, U
ALT3 2 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
ALT3 3 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
ALT3 4 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
ALT3 5 4 E, 2 L / LT, B


Alert dispatch

ALT3 0 B, 3 E, L / LT, FM, SO, SAF
ALT3 1 FM, 3 E, L / LT, B, T RHB, U, CV
ALT3 2 4 E, 2 L / LT, B, T, U
ALT3 3 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
ALT3 4 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
ALT3 5 4 E, 2 L / LT, B


Trt response

TRT 0 3 TRT, 2 E, L / LT, 2B, INV HM/HMT, CV, U, SO, SAF
TRT 1 2 E, L / LT, B
TRT 2 2 E, L / LT


Nuclear, Biological Chemical, Threat dispatch

2E, L / LT, HM / HMT, B, SAF, SO, 3 HAZMAT, CV, U
1 2E, L/LT, 2B, 2 HAZMAT
2 4 E, 2L / LT, B
3 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
4 4 E, 2 L / LT, B
5 4 E, 2 L / LT, B


How does balancing to a greater alarm work

When an assignment is at a 3N1 level and it is determined that a Second Alarm is required, when the event is balanced, CAD will complete the full requirements considering a 3N1 has already been assigned. In this case CAD will recommend, the Working Fire Response, additional 3N1 (to complete a First Alarm) and an additional 6N3 to complete the Second Alarm


What are the 7 things that dispatch will give when dispatching a call

1. Alarm/Dispatch tone
2. Companies assigned
3. Tactical radio channel assigned
4. Incident type and/or nature of incident
5. Address
6. Companies assigned
7. Tactical radio channel assignment


Who gets paged on a WORK PAGE group notifications shall be made on working incidents involving working fire responses, fire related injuries or deaths, any other significant or unusual incident, or any time requested

Assistant Chiefs
Safety Officer
Fire Chief
Other specified personnel


What 7 stations must be staffed by move ups

The minimum level of stations to be staffed by move-ups, recalls or Automatic Aid is: Stations 201, 204, 206, 208, 209, 213, and 215


The need to move-up companies should be evaluated whenever:

* A working fire is declared
Three or more units are committed to an incident in an outlying area.
Greater alarms are dispatched.
Simultaneous incidents occur in one area of the City.
Coverage in an area is compromised.
2 or more adjacent fire stations will be uncovered for more than 30 minutes


What will happen if alarm can not get in touch with an engine company

Alarm will send a cover company if no reply is received after three attempts, while continuing attempts to contact the original company on all other radio channels. If unable to contact, the company will be placed unavailable and the appropriate Battalion Chief notified of the circumstances


What does the term working fire mean to alarm

The term Working Fire indicates a situation that will require the commitment of all responding companies. This report advises Alarm that the companies will be engaged in tactical activities and will be held at the scene for an extended period of time


Who is dispatched in a working fire response

1.Dispatch a RIC (Rapid Intervention Crew) Engine Company, Rehab Unit, Command Van, Safety Officer, Utility Truck, and a Fire Investigator.
2.Dispatch appropriate gas and electric companies


Who needs to be contacted at a fire in a school

Any fire at a school facility, requires the State Fire Marshall to be contacted. The on-duty State Fire Marshall will use his/her discretion as to response


Who gives the channel assignment for level 2 staging

If Level II Staging is requested, Command will advise Alarm the channel assignment for Level II staging


Working Fire incidents will be prompted, by Alarm, for ELAPSED TIME NOTIFICATIONS when are they given

The system will generate an initial 10 minute elapsed time notification, and 5 minute notifications thereafter, until the incident is placed Under Control by the Incident Commander or until they are no longer needed


Who is to establish level 2 staging

Command may designate a staging sector officer. Where an officer is not designated, the first company to arrive at the designated staging location will automatically become the staging officer. Where the first company to staging is a ladder company, staging sector responsibilities should be transferred to an engine company officer upon his arrival on the scene


Who determines which channel staging is to use p 731

Command will determine which radio channel will be used for Command post to staging sector communications and advise the staging sector officer


The staging officer will be responsible for the following functions:

• Locate an area of adequate size for all apparatus, including apparatus that may respond with additional alarmsReviewed
• Transmit the staging area location to Command and alarm, indicating access and routing as needed.
• Coordinate with the Police Department to block streets, intersections and other access required for the Staging Area.
• Ensure that all apparatus is parked in an appropriate manner for quick exit.
• Maintain a log of companies available in the Staging Area and inventory all specialized equipment that might be required at the scene.
• Maintain crews in a ready state with their apparatus.
• Provide progress reports to Command indicating number and type of units available.
• Assume a position that is visible and accessible to incoming and staged companies. This will be accomplished by leaving the red lights operating on the staging officer’s apparatus and by wearing a sector vest.
• Assign staged companies to incident duty per Command’s direction


How should units be staged in staging

Ladders companies should be placed in one area, engines in another, and ambulances in another area


Which section does staging work under in a major incident

During major incidents where a "Logistics" section is implemented, the Staging Sector will be working under the direction of the Logistics officer


What is the objective of staging

The objective of Staging procedures is to provide a standard system of initial placement for responding apparatus, personnel, and equipment prior to assignment at tactical incidents


Where do initial companies on a major med report to

The first arriving engine company as well as rescue of a major med will go directly to the scene and park their vehicle in a manner that will allow quick and unobstructed exit for patient transportation. All other companies will stage in their direction of travel, approximately one block from the incident


What is an important safety factor for nighttime operations on a roadway

For NIGHTTIME operations, turn OFF fire apparatus headlights. This will help reduce the blinding effect to approaching vehicle traffic. Other emergency lighting should be reduced to yellow lights and emergency flashers where possible


how far should the cones be placed on the freeway to allow adequate warning to drivers

Traffic cones should be placed farther apart, with the last cone approximately 150 feet "upstream," to allow adequate warning to drivers


The placement of all apparatus on the fireground should be a reflection of the following:

• Standard operational procedure for first arriving companies.
• Tactical objectives and priorities.
• Staging procedure.
• A direct order from Command.
• A conscious decision on the part of the Company officer based on existing or predictable conditions


On the runway what signal is given from the tower that clearance has been obtained

Upon arrival, it shall be the responsibility of the responding personnel to insure that emergency vehicles remain clear of the runway and taxiway, until clearance has been obtained from the control tower by radio or green light gun signal


The Control Tower uses signals that supplements radios and provides onsite airport communications. What are the signals

1. Flashing red light gun signals: Remain off or proceed off the runway immediately
2. Run lights flashing on and off: same of above
3. Flashing green light gun signal: Cleared to move onto, or cross, the runway area


Does the fire department move disabled aircraft

It shall NOT be the responsibility of the Fire Department to move, in any way, any damaged or disabled aircraft except for purpose of saving life or property


When shall the run way be closed or restricted to airport traffic

The runway shall be closed or restricted, except to emergency operations, while a disabled aircraft is within 100 feet of the runway along its entire length. This distance may be estimated by persons nearest the scene


What is the Dispatch information given to responding arff units

1. Alert type
2. Aircraft type and identification
3. Nature of the emergency
4. Landing runway, estimated time of arrival, location
5. Number of persons on board
6. Amount of fuel on board


What is an alert 1

This alert is an unusual condition, advisory only. ARFF units may remain in Station but should be advised by the Control Tower of the unusual, possibly hazardous condition. Examples are: severe weather, crosswinds exceeding 20 knots, headwinds exceeding 30 knots, or diversions of air carrier aircraft (passengers). Actual emergency situations will be upgraded to an Alert II


What is an Alert II:

This alert indicates an aircraft is approaching in major difficulty such as an engine on fire or faulty lading gear. The Tower notifies Fire Alarm who dispatches an ARFF unit, an additional company and notifies the Battalion Chief. Units will position themselves according to flight patterns and predetermined plans


What is an Alert III

This alert indicates an aircraft has crashed on or off the airport. The Control Tower notifies Alarm who dispatches a Gateway Alert III or a regular Alert III, depending on which airport the incident takes place at. Alarm will advise responding units to proceed directly to the scene of the accident. At WGA, additional responding units must meet airport operations personnel to be escorted to the scene for on airport incidents, units responding to off airport incidents may proceed directly to the scene


What are the standby positions for in flight aircraft emergencies

Positions are to be approximately 400 feet from the edge of the runway for large aircraft and approximately 300 feet for smaller aircraft


Where is the normal standby position at Williams gateway

Due to the length of Williams Gateway Airport runways, the normal standby position will be on taxiway Kilo, holding short of the inside runway (rwy 12R/30L).


What are the normal distances needed for landing an aircraft

The normal landing distances for aircraft using airports vary from 1,200 feet to 6,000 feet. Emergency landing for larger aircraft or jets may exceed 10,000 (hydraulic failure or hot brakes


How should a hot brake incident or wheel fire be approached

When responding to a hot brake incident or wheel fire, approach the wheel with extreme caution from the front or back direction, NEVER from the side in line with the axle


What would some of the high pressure lines on an aircraft contain

a. Compressed gas
b. Hydraulic fluids
c. Oxygen
d. De-icing
e. Pneumatic and electrical conduit


When should a unit go opposing on a freeway

Units should proceed in the opposite direction to normal traffic flow on a freeway ONLY at the specific request of DPS or Police, when it is assured that all traffic has been stopped


What info should be given over the radio on a major med by the first arriving unit

1. Traffic Conditions
a. Stopped
b. One lane open
c. All lanes open
2. Fire/No Fire (smoke showing, working fire, fully involved) A follow-up report
3. Injuries/no injuries
4. Extrication needed
5. Evacuation
6. Hazardous materials spill
7. Call for necessary help and/or additional alarm


What is step potential and what is an indicator of it.

When power lines are down, they will energize the ground around them If your feet are in areas where there is a voltage difference, you could complete the circuit and be the source to ground. This is called “step potential.” This danger could be indicated by a tingling sensation in the feet and serve as a warning to back away from the area. Step potential is more severe when the ground is wet


Actions to be taken for lines down

*Request utility company to respond.
• Consider all down wires as “energized.”
• Place apparatus away from “down lines and power poles” and out from under involved overhead lines that could fail and fall onto
equipment or personnel.
• Secure the area/deny entry.
• Periods of high activity; company officer may choose to leave one (1) crewmember on-scene with a radio to wait for utility company.
• In the event of multiple lines/poles down over a large area, call additional resources


Actions to be taken for Down Power Lines with Vehicles

• Request utility company to respond.
• Do not touch vehicle
• Have occupants remain inside the vehicle
• Place apparatus a safe distance away from down lines.
• If occupants must leave the vehicle (fire or other threat to life) instruct them to open the door, not step-out! They should jump free of the vehicle without touching vehicle and ground at the same time; they should walk away from the vehicle with very small steps


Who oversees the bike team

The Bike Team is organized as a special team and is under the direction of the Training and Special Operations Deputy Chief


What is the bike team action group responsible for

Under the direction of the Deputy Chief, the Bike Team Action Group will be responsible for the Bike Team budget, supplies, equipment acquisition, and establishing training needs and policy development


Who is responsible for maintaining Bike Team equipment in proper working order

Members at the Station 214 are responsible for maintaining Bike Team equipment in proper working order


What does D.I.R.T stand for



The use of turnout coats during overhaul operations will be at the discretion of who

of each company officer


What are the colors of the letters of the last names on a helmet

Captain's letters shall be white in color. Battalion Chiefs, Engineers and Firefighters shall be black in color


How does the boot voucher work

Structural fire fighting boots may be purchased once every 4 years. Vouchers are limited to $250.00. Members with two sets of turnouts are permitted one pair on the voucher. The second pair will be supplied through Fire Resource and will be the rubber structural boots type


What is the procedure for the Knox Key Verification form

Check Apparatus Knox Keys and confirm against the Master Knox Key Inventory List
• Complete Knox Key Verification Form
• Forward form electronically to Fire Prevention
• If Knox Key numbers do not match the Master Knox Key Inventory list, contact Battalion Chief.
• Battalion Chief will investigate the number mismatch and rectify issue, or Battalion Chief will notify Fire Prevention


How far should units stage for an aggressive bee incident

Units responding to bee incidents will stage a safe distance (approximately 1/4 mile) away from the swarm to allow rescue personnel to properly prepare their protective equipment, as listed in the Personal Protection Section of this procedure. The unit will then proceed to the immediate scene, position upwind if possible, approximately 150 feet away from the swarm, hive, or attack victim


Bee Calls on City Property

If it is determined that the bees are not aggressive, do not pose a threat to anyone, but they need to be removed, and it is on City property, then the fire department has agreed to handle this for the city. During regular business hours contact Resource Management and they will make the necessary arrangements for removal. In the case of calls after business hours, on weekends, holidays, or for any other reason, then the Company Officer needs to make arrangements through Alarm. Alarm can assist locating a local company for removal


How are Bees in enclosed spaces handled

Bees in enclosed spaces can only be destroyed by the use of pesticides


Specialty teams shall maintain on-duty minimums of:

• Haz Mat Techs – 75% on each of E204, L204, E206, L206
• Technical Rescue Team – 75% on each of E204, L204, E206, L206 • RRT equals HM + TRT and is at Stations 204 and 206
• ARFF – Four (4) members at Station 208 and Six (6) at Station 215, Four (4) of the members at Station 215 must be SIDA-badged.
• Ladder Companies – Three (3) ladder certified members.
• Members of Special Teams, Ladder Companies and Tox Medics may be required to rove to maintain coverage. For short term assignments


How many consecutive hours can an employee work in one span

A member may not work longer than a sum of 80 hours in a 96-hour time span. This includes time trades


What is the rule for the call back list when it resets

The callback list will be in a rank order of least hours worked for a period beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. On July 1st the hourly total will reset to zero hours, with the list sequence starting in the order that it ended with during the previous yearly cycle


What is The deadline for signing up for call back or removing the member’s name from the list

The deadline for signing up for call back or removing the member’s name from the list is 05:00


The apparatus that is scheduled for training

Parent Company:


The off-going crew from a parent company apparatus

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Storm/Emergency Standby Procedures, if a captain puts together stand by team and does not get called out. What is his compensation

An off-duty Captain, or Engineer (if no Captains are available), who is contacted and agrees to put together a stand-by crew, including himself/herself and is not called out, will be compensated at two and onehalf (2-1/2) hours straight time pay at the current range and step for that day


When Does a member of the wild land team return to duty after completing an assignment less than 14 days

If members work less than a 14-day assignment, they will be required to return back to shift following the hour to refurbish, if an on-duty day and the time worked plus the one hour refurbish time ends before 19:00 hours. If the member returns on an on-duty day and the time worked plus the one hour to refurbish ends at 19:00 hours or later they will be allowed to return home to complete a rest period


When Does a member of the wild land team return to duty after completing an assignment less than 14 days

Off-duty members working less than a 14-day assignment will be released to go home and report to duty their next scheduled shift day if they arrive in the City and complete the one hour refurbish time prior to 22:00 hours. Members arriving into the City and completing the one hour refurbish time at 22:00 hours or later, and are scheduled on-shift the next day, will be given until 12:00 hours the following day to complete their rest period and then return back to compete the remainder of their scheduled shift


When do members of the wild land team return to duty after completing a full 14 day assignment

• Members returning after completing a 14 day assignment will return home following the one hour refurbish time, regardless of a shift day or off-duty day. Members scheduled on-shift the next day will be given until 19:00 hours on that following day (their scheduled shift) to return to work


What time is the cutoff for signing up for vacation

Tele Staff shall receive all vacation requests no later than 05:00 a.m. the day of that the vacation is requested


How far in advance can someone sign up for vacation

24-hour vacation requests will be accepted as early as six (6) months in advance.
• Less than 24 to 6 hours vacation requests will be accepted as early as 1 month in advance


When is holiday draw for Independence Day

From October 15th to November 15th each year, members may submit requests to be entered into a drawing for holidays of the following year


When is the holiday draw for following holidays
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day

From April 15th to May 15th each year, members may submit requests to be entered into a drawing for the holidays of the same year as listed below. Exception: New Year’s Day of the following year is also included. Only requests for 24 hour time periods are allowed. One additional 24-hour slot will be available on each of the holiday days


Can a holiday draw be cancelled or changed once awarded

Changes or cancellations in holiday vacation must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the holiday only if a buffer list has been established. Members will not be allowed to cancel vacation on a draw date past 30 days prior


What must be filled out when a member returns to duty after taking sick leave

When the member returns to duty a Sick Leave Request Form, located on the Fire Department Inside Mesa page, must be completed indicating the reason for using Sick Leave i.e. Family Illness, Employee Illness, etc, in the comments section and forwarded t the employee’s Battalion Chief


What is the rule if a member takes leave and does not have enough to cover it

If a member calls in sick, but does not have enough sick leave to cover the time, the member will be charged vacation. If a member takes vacation leave, but does not have enough vacation leave to cover the time, the member CANNOT use sick leave to cover the vacation time. If the member runs out of both sick time and vacation, they will be docked the hours. Dock time may be subject to discipline per the Personnel Rules


For a member who is off duty and will not be back on duty in time for the regular time trade approval process to run its course what should be done

The Time Trade Request would be submitted to the on duty Battalion 201 Chief, with a copy to their supervisor and regular Battalion Chief, for approval or denial the day it is arranged. When making last minute arrangements for a time trade a phone call will be acceptable provided the requesting member makes contact with the on duty Battalion Chief to receive approval and a follow up Time Trade Request Form is sent to their supervisor and Battalion Chief as soon as the requesting member returns to duty. Special Team members may be required to rove if Time trades create an unbalanced team structure


Can a non special teams member stand in for a special teams member

Ideally, if the 75% minimum of techs were scheduled to work the date of a proposed Time Trade, the responsible Battalion Chief could approve the request because the 75% minimum would still be met


Who enters the request for tDY and can multiple members be entered on the same form

Multiple individuals may be entered on the form provided they are being requested for the same TDY assignment. It is the responsibility of the requesting RC or Program Manager to provide a work order number to charge the TDY to before being sent to the Staffing Office


When is a position considered vacant

A position is considered vacant at 0700 hours on the first shift with no member assigned


If the Captain’s position converts from ALS to BLS or vice versa, who gets displaced

If the Captain’s position converts from ALS to BLS or vice versa, the least senior appropriate member will be displaced


Which members are not permitted to bid a position

Firefighters who have not completed their first year of service as a firefighter.
Members being precepted to be ALS providers until their training is complete.
Members acting out of class in temporary promotion positions are not eligible.
Members with less than 3-years remaining in the DROP are not eligible to bid into Special Teams positions, unless they are a current certified team member. Past team members applying will be studied on a case-by-case basis, and may depend on their recertification. The Operations A/C may make an exception for a position that remains un-bid after the 7-day open period


When did special teams bidding go to seniority bid

Beginning January 1, 2010, Special Teams positions (HM, TRT, ARFF) will be conducted using seniority bidding. The 3-year commitment will continue


What is the protocol when two positions overlap on the same truck

When two open positions overlap on the same apparatus for a minimum of one (1) day, the highest-ranking position will be awarded first, regardless of ALS/BLS status. The second position will open based on the ALS/BLS status of the first position


How long do short term assignments last.

Short term shall be considered less than 180 days in duration. Temporary assignment personnel will maintain their shift position


What is the commitment for. A permanent day position

Commitment will be for a minimum of two years from the time of the vacancy for members being selected by application, or placed because of no applicant(s), in permanent Day Positions


Can someone in a permanent day spot bid a provisional spot.

Provisional bids are accepted from 56-hour shift personnel and/or personnel in day positions with 30 days or less to the end of their day commitment


How long is the commitment for a paramedic

Upon successful completion of Paramedic school, precepting, and successful passage of certification requirements, Certified Paramedics must commit to (5) five years of service from initial assignment date


What are the qualifications to become a swat medic

Current certification as a State of Arizona Certified Emergency Paramedic, with two (2) years of uninterrupted service with the Mesa Fire Department as a non-probationary Paramedic.
• Overall work performance, behavior, attitude, clinical skills and professionalism during regular assigned duties must be consistently maintained at a satisfactory level in all areas.
• Ability to successfully maintain Mesa Fire Department physical fitness standards.
• Successful completion of a basic SWAT school as determined by the Mesa Police Department SWAT team
• Attend all mandatory training sessions to maintain required qualifications, and 75% of all training sessions; to include completion of the SWAT Basic Tactics Course for Fire Department Paramedics conducted by the Mesa Police Department, or equivalent