Flashcards in 200 Series P 635 Deck (136):
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
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 0 2 E, L / LT, B, INV 3 HAZMAT, CV, U, RHB, SO, SAF
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
DESERT INTERVENTION RESCUE TEAM
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
The off-going crew from a parent company apparatus
Primary Staffing Company:
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
Day after Thanksgiving
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