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Who is responsible for:
1. Ensuring that potential Incident Commanders are aware of and able to
execute the responsibilities set forth in this document.

2. Maintaining this document.

Deputy Chief, Operations Bureau


Who is responsible for acting as the
point of contact for representatives of other governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, private entities and/or the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).

The Liaison Officer


Who is responsible for:
1. Establishing Operations one floor below the fire floor within the high-rise structure.

2. Implementing the Incident Action Plan (IAP) in accordance with TFD’s IMS plan.

Operations Section Chief


Who is responsible for managing
the Base, Lobby Control, Systems, Ground Support and Communications functions.

Logistics Section Chief


The Ground Support Unit Leader, radio designator “Ground Support,” reports to
the Logistics Section Chief and shall be responsible for?

1. Controlling and dispensing personnel and equipment from the incident base to the staging area.
2. Providing stairway support on the scene.
3. Ensuring on-scene personnel do not ascend a stairway without carrying appropriate equipment.
4. Ensuring equipment is kept in the staging area and out of the stairways.
5. Providing a ground level traffic movement plan with safe access routes to the building.


The Lobby Control Unit Leader, radio designator “Lobby” shall be responsible

1. Controlling building entry and exit by TFD personnel and civilians.

2. Elevator control and systems.


The Building Engineer or Technical Expert shall report to?



The Staging Area Manager shall report to the Operations Section Chief and be
responsible for?

1. Establishing the staging area in a location that allows for effective organization of equipment and personnel; normally two floors below the fire floor.

2. Organizing the staging area so that equipment and personnel are readily available for deployment.

3. Providing accountability for personnel in the staging area.

4. Ensuring that equipment is not stored in stairwells.


The Systems Manager, radio designator “Systems,” assists the Lobby Control
Unit Leader and shall be responsible for?

controlling building systems that may
impact TFD’s ability to mitigate the emergency situation, including HVAC,
elevator, fire control systems, utilities, alarm panels and communications.


The Rehab Manager shall be responsible for?

1. Establishing a rehab function for incident personnel in the staging area.

2. Ensuring that the staging environment remains suitable for rehab functions.


The Base Manager, radio designator “Base,” reports to the Logistics Section
Chief and shall be responsible for?

1. Establishing and maintaining an assembly area for incoming apparatus, personnel and equipment.

2. Disbursing resources as needed.

3. Ensuring on-scene personnel do not enter a building without carrying appropriate equipment.


The Communications Unit Leader shall be responsible for?

assisting the Logistics Section Chief with the management of the on-scene communications system including portable radios, spare batteries, cell phones and the building’s hard wired systems.



The location from which primary logistics functions are coordinated and administered; may be co-located with the Command Post.



A team of firefighters having responsibility for operations within a defined geographic area, a specific floor in the case of a high-rise structure.


Fire service mode for elevators

A manual operating mode that allows
firefighters to control elevators using a key.


High-rise structure

A building with occupied floors more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.



Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and their components.


Leeward side

The direction downwind from the point of reference.


Operational Period

The period of time scheduled for a given set of operational actions specified in the IAP; typically 6, 12 or 24 hours in duration.



A separate space generally located between the structural ceiling and the drop-down ceiling of a building that allows air circulation for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (sometimes referred to as HVAC).


Staging area

The location to which incident personnel and equipment are assigned on an immediately available status.



Radio report acronym that stands for:
Percent involvement.
Additional resources.


Windward side

The direction from which the wind is blowing.


The first arriving officer shall?

-Establish Command.
-Designate a “High-Rise” in the report as appropriate.
-Confirm that arriving companies have accepted their pre-assigned
roles as outlined in this section.
-Assess a typical floor layout and identify a suitable staging area
prior to accessing the fire floor.
-Provide a conditions update report every third floor during ascent.
-Use a standpipe for any fire above the third floor of a building.


The first arriving engine company shall

a. Park the apparatus in a location that will not impede or interfere with later arriving units and/or overall scene operations.

b. Take the entire crew along with appropriate PPE, radios, cell phones, hose, fittings and halligan to the suspected fire location.

c. Locate and identify the emergency.

d. Take appropriate action.


The first arriving ladder company shall.

a. Park the apparatus in a location that will not impede or interfere with later arriving units and/or overall scene operations.

b. Take entire crew along with appropriate PPE, radios, cell phones, forcible entry equipment and search rope to the suspected fire

c. Assist first arriving engine with locating the emergency.

d. Assist first arriving engine with fire attack as appropriate.

e. Begin search and evacuation/rescue efforts on the fire floor as necessary.


The second arriving engine company shall?

a. Establish Lobby Control and determine if the building has a fire control room.

b. Assess building systems and report fire alarm and suppression system status.
c. Determine and report on the tactical channel the best access routes to the fire attack stairway and from the fire evacuation stairway.
d. Assign members from third arriving engine company to lobby control tasks pertaining to building systems.


The third arriving engine company shall?

a. Prepare to establish a permanent water supply, using a reverse lay when appropriate.

b. Charge the appropriate fire department connections when directed by the IC or the attack crew.

c. Report to Lobby Control to assume systems management duties (except Driver).


The first arriving Battalion Chief shall?

a. Assume command after receiving a report from the on-scene Incident Commander.
i. This applies to confirmed fires, box alarms and/or “nothing showing” incidents.
b. Establish a Command Post at least 200 feet from the high-rise structure.
c. Make additional assignments as necessary and appropriate.
d. Designate a location for Base.
e. Transfer command to a Deputy Chief upon his/her request and assume the role of Planning Section Chief.


The second arriving Battalion Chief shall?

a. Become the Operations Section Chief.

b. Establish the Operations Section one floor below the fire floor.

c. Assign Ventilation, Fire Attack, Floor Divisions, Search and Rescue and Salvage groups in accordance with TFD’s IMS plan.


How will TFD personnel use elevators in high rise situations?

1. TFD personnel shall use a stairway to ascend to the fire floor to investigate the situation.

2. TFD personnel shall not use elevators in high-rise operations until the IC has determined that the entire elevator shaft and the elevator machine room is not threatened by fire.

3.If the IC has cleared an elevator for use, TFD personnel may use them only in Fire Service mode.


The priorities for search/rescue and evacuation shall be?

a. Fire floor.
b. Floor above the fire.
c. Top floor and roof area.
d. Recall elevators to the lobby and search.
e. Remaining floors above the fire.
f. Remaining floors below the fire.


Who ensures that evacuees have a safe
route for leaving the building?

The Lobby Control Unit Leader


For safety The IC shall?

a. Designate an Incident Safety Officer for all high-rise incidents.

b. Designate a second Incident Safety Officer when s/he appoints an Operations Section Chief.


What are some Tactical Considerations
For high rises

-One floor per minute is a reasonable rate at which to expect personnel with equipment will be able to ascend the building.

-To minimize fatigue, ground support personnel ascending stairs with equipment may be assigned to teams, each responsible for transporting
equipment 2 floors.


What policy number is High-Rise Structure Operations?

2010 fire operations


When using Windows in high rise building you should?

-Pressurize building stairwells.
-Open windows on affected floors on the leeward side of the building.
-If leeward side windows cannot be opened, notify the IC that the area below must be clear 200 feet in all directions.
-Tempered glass may be broken.
-Avoid breaking plate glass whenever possible.


If the building has fire pump systems control manager should?

Determine type of water supply and how it is used.
i. If static, such as a tank or reservoir, monitor usage as supply will be limited.
c. Attempt to determine whether the fire department connection is plumbed into the intake or the discharge side of the pump.
i. If plumbed into the intake side, advise IC that TFD likely will have little control over discharge pressure.
ii. If plumbed to the discharge side, advise the IC that the engine company augmenting the building’s fire pump should begin pumping as they would to a standpipe and adjust for

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