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GT FIRE CHIEFS
JOINT OPERATING GUIDELINE 1.1
STRUCTURE FIRES
PURPOSE
To ensure a standardized response to
structure fires in Gloucester Township
BENEFITS
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Increased fireground safety and efficiency
Less radio traffic
Companies know their roles prior to arrival
Essential tasks covered on EVERY fire
Allows IC to focus on strategic issues
Provides a training blueprint for companies to
follow
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
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Approval by Company Chiefs – Done
Approval by BOFC’s – Done
Training of Officers – Sept/Oct 2011
Training of Members – Nov/Dec 2011
- Volunteer and career staff
5. Projected Effective Date – January 1, 2012
POLICY
• To be followed by all companies responding to
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structure fires in Gloucester Township
Assignments are flexible and may be changed to
address specific strategic and tactical needs, as
well as staffing requirements
Encourages the assignment of crews as
companies to preserve crew integrity and
accountability
POLICY
• Company assignments will be based on resource
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type and order of arrival
Quints will act as EITHER a Truck Company or an
Engine Company
– Should be identified by host company’s box assignment
– If not, needs to be designated by IC OR announced by
quint on arrival (i.e. “Quint 85 is on location,
performing first due engine duties).
– Important to announce on radio to avoid confusion for
other arriving companies
• Policy will avoid need for companies to ask for
orders via radio.
POLICY
• Identifies water supply as critical to firefighter
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safety for interior operations
Places primary responsibility on first due engine to
lay a supply line for confirmed working fires,
absent extenuating circumstances
– Trapped occupant in need of immediate rescue
– Apparatus access concerns
• Identifies following requirements for interior ops
without an established supply line
– Booster tank level must be constantly monitored
– No more than one 1 ¾” handline placed in service
POLICY
• Identifies first arriving unit as IC, responsible for
initial size-up and an accurate radio report:
• Type of building
• Number of floors
• Conditions evident
• Staging / Water
Supply Instructions
• Announce
Firefighting
Mode (Offensive,
Defensive,
Transitional)
POLICY
• IC Responsibilities (cont’d):
• Establish command, assign divisions and groups
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as needed
Conduct fireground operations with following
priorities (in order):
– Life Hazard (FF and civilian)
– Incident Stabilization (fire control)
– Property Conservation
POLICY
• MANDATES IC and all arriving companies to
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engage in continuous risk analysis and report
critical safety observations to command.
Requires IC to include his/her risk analysis and
feedback into an Incident Action Plan (IAP).
Identifies SOME situations which may pose a
significant safety risk:
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Fire attacking structural components
Fire on multiple floors
Obvious degradation of the structure
Imminent collapse hazards
Advanced basement fires
POLICY
• Safety Risks (cont’d):
– Fire in void spaces
(ceilings, walls, attic,
floors)
– Rapid fire growth
– Building construction
features
• Lightweight wood or
steel truss
• Metal deck roofs
– Obviously abandoned or
derelict structures
POLICY
• SCBA:
– Required for all members operating in an IDLH
– Use may be discontinued only by IC and only after:
• Fire is controlled
• Structure is ventilated
• Air quality is verified
POLICY
• Minimum Requirements for IDLH/Interior
Ops:
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Crew size of at least 2 FFI / SCBA Qualified Firefighters
Full firefighting PPE
SCBA in use with operational PASS device
Personal lights
Minimum of 1 portable radio per crew.
Tools required for task assignment.
Assemble, or receive direction prior to entry with the IC,
Operations or Division Officer to receive assignment,
coordinate interior efforts, and provide accountability of
members entering the structure.
– Remain in visual or voice contact with crew members.
POLICY
• Requires compliance with two in / two out by
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requiring at least two firefighters to remain outside
during initial operations for firefighter rescue.
Calls for a dedicated FAST on working fires.
POLICY
• For fires that will not be readily controlled, the IC
should designate the incident as an “All Hands”
fire. SOME examples would be:
– Multiple rooms involved
– Numerous hand lines required
POLICY
Resource
Single Family Dwelling
Apartment
Commercial Building
1st Engine
Lay Supply Line
Attack Line to Fire Division A
Lay Supply Line
Attack Line to Fire Division A
Lay Supply Line
Attack Line to Fire Division A
2nd Engine
Hook up or Pump 1st Hydrant, Back
up line from 1st Engine
Pump 1st Hydrant, Back Up line
from 1st Engine
Pump 1st Hydrant, Back Up line
from 1st Engine
3rd Engine
2nd Hydrant Standby Manpower
Division A
Lay 2nd Supply Line
Attack Line to 1st Exposure
Lay 2nd Supply Line
Attack Line to 1st Exposure
4th Engine
2nd Hydrant, Stand Fast
Pump 2nd Hydrant Attack Line to
2nd Exposure
Pump 2nd Hydrant
Attack Line to 2nd Exposure
1st Truck
Division A – FE, Search, Vent Fire
Floor, Ladders
Division A – FE, Search fire
apartment, vent fire apartment,
ladders
Division A – FE, search, locates
fire, check ceilings.
2nd Truck
Division C – Roof Operations,
Ladders
Division C – Roof Operations,
Ladders
Division C – Roof Operations,
Ladders, FE 2nd entry / egress
3rd Truck
Stand Fast
Floor Above Fire
As Required
1st Rescue /
Squad
As directed by the IC
As directed by the IC
As directed by the IC
1st Chief
Division A
Division A
Division A
2nd Chief
Division C
Division C
Division C
3rd Chief
Command Post
Command Post
Command Post
END RESULT
IC needs only identify number of resources
placed in service. If 4 and 2 are used,
automatically provides:
• Four attack lines
• Two supply lines
• Truck functions
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Forced entry
Search
Ventilation
Ladders
POLICY
• Encourages company assignments based on
resource type:
– Engines for fire attack
– Trucks / rescues for search, ventilation, interior
assistance of engine company
• Tasks SHOULD NOT be delayed if specific resource
has not arrived
– i.e. An engine may be assigned to perform truck function
POLICY
• Requires fireground lighting when necessary to
identify hazards and increase firefighter safety
– Trapped occupants
– Structural features / damage
– Power lines
POLICY
• Requires NIMS compliant identification of
building sides:
– Division A (ALPHA) - Front of the fire building (side of
the building where the main entrance to building is
located, and where IC is located.) Proceeding
clockwise, structures and properties are identified in
order.
– Division B, (BRAVO) - Next side clockwise
– Division C, (CHARLIE) - Rear of the building:
– Division D. (DELTA) - Next side clockwise
POLICY
• Requires NIMS compliant identification of interior
areas:
– Ground floor - Division 1,
– 2nd floor - Division 2, etc...,
– Any floors fully below ground floors should be
designated as “Basement Division".
– Multiple below ground floors should be designated as
"Basement 1, Basement 2” from ground floor down.
– The roof of the building will be identified as Roof
Division.
POLICY
• Exposure Identification:
– Same letter designation as fire building side
– Followed by a number as move away from main fire
occupancy. i.e:
– First exposure to B side would be “Exposure B”
– Next exposure would be “Exposure B-1”, then B-2, etc.
EXPOSURE LABELING
Exposure B
Exposure D
FIRE UNIT
D1
POLICY
• Emergency Evacuation:
– All personnel in or on the
structure will immediately
exit
– Report to respective
Division/Group Officer
– Division/Group Officer
advises IC if they have PAR
POLICY
• PASS Devices:
– All necessary precautions must be taken to avoid
accidental activation
– Accidentally activated PASS must be promptly reset
• Activated PASS:
– Immediately attempt to locate the source
– Report activation to Interior Division or Group
Supervisor for coordination of search
– Interior Division immediately notifies IC
– IC to activate FAST unless activated PASS is quickly
determined to be accidental
POLICY
• Salvage and Loss Control:
– Undertaken as soon as staffing and fireground
conditions permit
– Encourages prompt ventilation of fire building and
placement of salvage covers before beginning overhaul
and wetdown to limit property damage.
• Secondary Search:
– Should be performed after fire control and confinement
– Report results to IC
• Fire Investigation
– Should be conducted for all structure fires in
accordance with district protocols
POLICY
• Building Security:
– Must be maintained at all times during suppression
operations
– Unauthorized persons in the building should be
monitored and reported to the IC
– IC will coordinate building security with the police.
– IC will coordinate with police and building
representative to ensure proper security of the
property prior to departing.
• Board Up Service:
– Offered to the property owner
– If property owner refuses, IC should consult with
police and fire marshal to ensure state and local codes
are explained and enforced.
CONCLUSION
• Township Chief Officers believe this OG will
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greatly enhance our fireground safety and
efficiency
Will require the cooperation and commitment of
all officers and members to be successful
We thank you for your commitment to the
residents of this township and look forward to
working together in the future.

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