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SAFR | Firefighting SOP

A. Roberts/F. Hart

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Dec 12, 2021
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Firefighters Prayer
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, gives me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.

Beginning of duty
At the start of every shift, firefighters are required to wear their correct station-issued uniforms, tune their radio to the correct channel, and sign in to the CAD under DISPATCH. As a firefighter, you are still required to run EMS calls as well as fire calls. Once a call is dispatched you are required to respond in a timely manner and as proficient and effective as possible.

Your Job
Every. Second. Counts. Your number one job is to save lives and protect property. While on duty you are also required to show professionalism, kindness, and respect to other first responders as well as the general public. As a firefighter, your primary job is to put out fires. Supply lines are to be set up by engineers unless there is no engineer available. Engineers are also the ones to drive the apparatus unless they are not available as well. Before leaving the station make sure you put on your appropriate turnout gear.

Arriving On-Scene
When arriving on the scene you are to listen to command and where to start attacking. If you pull up to a residential fire, your commander will tell you which side to attack with the hose.

Sides to a Fire
There are 4 sides; Alpha side (command side), Bravo side (left side), Charlie side (back side), and Delta side (right side).

Before attacking a fire remember to press “E” to equip your SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus). You can monitor the amount of air you have left by the gauge on the right side of your screen. If you get low you can return to the truck and refill it there by holding “E” as well. To unequip your SCBA you press “E” again when you're not near the engine.

Commands Used
- equips you with a hose. Press your up and down arrows to increase or decrease the water pressure the hose puts out. While having your hose equipped, press “ENTER” to connect it to the engine. If the fire has hints of green or sparks while holding your hose type in the input

/foam - This will allow your hose to start spraying foam on an electrical or chemical fire. Electric will have sparks and a chemical fire will have a green hint to it.

/fan setup - This will set up an extractor fan in front of you. After 20 seconds, all smoke and particles in the area will be removed. Fans are used to pull the smoke out of the building after the fire has been put out. NEVER use a fan while the fire is still active since a fire's best friend is oxygen.

/fan remove - This will remove a nearby extractor fan. The resource is fully synced, meaning other firefighters can remove fans that they didn't set up.

If the fire is big and you know your hose won't work efficiently, or you want to keep other structures around the fire from catching on fire, you are able to set up a water monitor. This is a stationary hose used to help suppress the fire. You would use the command "/watermonitor setup" to set up the water monitor and press “E” next to it to activate it. Once activated, press your up and down arrows to change the trajectory of the water. After the fire is supressed, you can remove the water monitor by pressing "E" next to it to turn it off and then doing the command "/watermonitor remove" to remove it.

When the fire is put out and there is still smoke be sure to also keep spraying water on it just in case there are still hot spots. Hot spots are points where the area is still hot enough to reignite the fire.

MAYDAY Call on the Radio
On the fire ground, communications can be overwhelming with radio chatter coming in from everybody to the incident commander (IC). What can be frustrating and trying at times is trying to get your message across and being blocked or cut off by other radio transmissions or not being heard at all. There is a lot of noise on the fire ground that can sometimes drown out radio messages. This can be especially true for when a Mayday must be called.

Declaring a Mayday is done for three main reasons: Firefighters are lost or trapped, injured, or are missing/unaccounted for. When you hear a Mayday being called, it is specifically for a firefighter and nothing else. All other transmissions can be used with an “urgent” message. When declaring a Mayday, be sure to get the attention of the IC first before saying the message – if the IC did not hear the Mayday, then they will not hear your message. Once the IC acknowledges your Mayday call, then you know that you have their full attention and they will receive your message. Do not be afraid to call a mayday if you feel it is necessary. Your life is more important at that time.

After all firefighting efforts are exhausted and the scene is clear, you need to put in the command for the hose to unequip it and the engineer (or yourself if the engineer is not available) is to remove the supply line. The truck will not move if the supply line is still enabled. The officer in the passenger seat then radios to command that you are 10-8 and returning to the station. Once back at the station you may switch out of your turnout gear and back into your station uniform.
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