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Apparatus should normally respond along prearranged routes which provide the most expeditious and safe response, and will enable other companies to anticipate potential conflicting routes.


Move Ups

Respond nonemergency, unless directed emergency by Metro.


Streets less than 20' wide

No parking, both sides of street or Fire Lane


Streets 20'-28' wide

No parking, one side parking allowed on the same side of roadway as the fire hydrant.


Street over 28' wide

No restrictions unless there is a need to paint curbs red on sharp turns or at intersections.


Passing other apparatus Emergency

No apparatus, with the exception of chief apparatus, shall overtake and pass another unless the apparatus being passed is:
- disabled or delayed
- moving at a reduced speed due to terrain or type of appartus
- or giving way in order to alter the response sequence so as to obtain optimum approach and apparatus placement at the emergency.


Category A Assignment Structure Fire

Not less than 4 fire companies, including not less than one truck (eg. 3 engines +1 Light force + 1 BC + 1 RA + 1 800 + 1 squad
1. Required fire flow: less than 4500 GPM; and
2. All occupancies not included in category B or C.
* Nearest available light force will always be dispatched.


Category B Assignment Structure Fire

Not less than 6 fire companies, including not less than two trucks (eg. 4 engines + 2 Light forces + 1 BC + 1 RA + 1 EMS captain + 1 800 + 1 Squad)
1. Required fire flow: 4500 GPM and above
2. Dwellings, apartments, and hotel occupancies four or more stories in height.
3. All commercial and/or industrial properties that exceed:
a) More than 15,000 sq. ft under one roof, on two floors
b) More than 10,000 sq. ft. under one roof on one floor.
4. All Fire Prevention Bureau Occupancies in Public Safety Section:
a) Schools, special schools, day nurseries, two or more stories;
b) Sanatoriums, homes for aged, hospitals, public assemblages, and churches except B-2 occupancies under 100 feet.
5. All assemblage occupancies on second floor or above.
* Nearest available light forces will always be dispatched.


Category C Assignment Structure Fire

Not less than 4 fire companies, including not less than 3 engine companies and 1 truck.
- This category of special assignments that the computer recognizes, i.e., Brush, Harbor, Airport, etc.


Category D Automatic Alarms

Modified dispatch. Initial dispatch: 1 engine or one light force.
1. Automatic alarms include: water flow, bells ringing, smoke detectors and manual pulls.
2. A full assignment or additional resources shall be dispatched by Metro for any of the following:
- If more than one automatic device is activated at the same address, or
- A second source of alarm, or
- Confirmation of an actual incident is received.
- And responding officer may request additional resources as directed.
3. Automatic alarms identified as requiring a Category C or Special assignment (brush, fire boats, etc.), shall not be modified on the initial dispatch unless additional information is received by Metro.


Category E Fire Flow

The standard used to estimate the number of companies needed to extinguish a fully involved structure fire is 250 gpm per line and two lines (500 gpm) per company.


Category F Evaluation

The total fire problem shall be evaluated; amount of water required, location of companies, personnel required, special equipment, life hazard, and exposure hazard, etc.


Tactical Alert

A state of preparedness necessary to cope with civil disturbances or natural/man-made disasters.


What is EOC?

Emergency Operations Center- Activated for a means of interfacing with other city departments which may have responsibility during civil unrest.
- LAFD will request EOC activation through Mayor's Office or Chief of Police, as requested by the Deputy Department Commander and confirmed by the Fire Chief.


Who allowed to carry firearms on department?

Arson Investigation Unit


How far out do Fire Department helicopters have to remain outside of areas of civil unrest?

1 mile, except in extenuating circumstances.


Who takes incident command of hazardous material spills on city streets, roadways, and freeways?

LAFD: city streets and roadways
CHP: freeways


When will Administrative Division Commander be dispatched out to an incident?

1. All greater alarm incidents
2. When a full assignment is held by a BC (ADC will have option to respond or not)


When is a command post established?

At every greater alarm or major emergency.


Where is the departments official safety policy found?

Book 75: Accident Prevention and Safety Program Manual.


When will IC designate a company to RIC?

When any additional fire resources above the initial alarm assignment are requested.


When an incident becomes a greater alarm (greater than 6 companies) what will be added to the assignment and designated as RIC?

-USAR Group as RIC (in place of extra engine company)
- EMS Battalion Captain
- An additional tactical rescue channel as Rescue Channel for Rescue Group.
*** All this at discretion of the IC.


To prevent damage to pump packing seals, all pumps shall not be operated dry for a period exceeding what?

30 seconds


Where practical, fire pumps shall be carried wet or dry?



Company Commanders shall have the option to equip wagon batteries with one of the following tips:

A. 1 1/2 inch smooth bore tip, or
B. 500 GPM (or larger) Fog Hog, Variable tip, or
C. 5/8" smooth bore tip for companies regularly responding into grass areas during the grass season.


A violation of any provision of the Los Angeles Fire code is considered a what?



When will Street Maintenance Bureau be contacted after a fire?

When debris from a fire is left on a public street, sidewalk, or parkway, and in the opinion of the IC, it presents a hazard to the public.


"Fire Department Needs Help"

Imminent grave danger to LAFD personnel


"Fire Department Needs Assistance"

Large hostile crowd and apparent danger to LAFD personnel or apparatus


"Back-Up the Fire Department"

Belligerent individuals and likelihood of physical altercation.