BAKER FIRE DISTRICT

 

 

 

BAKER FIRE DISTRICT

1375 19th Street

BAKER, FL. 32531

(850) 537 - 2487

 

“VOLUNTEERS SERVING THE COMMUNITY”

 

 OFFICIAL Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s)

OF

THE BAKER FIRE DISTRICT

 

December  2017

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Article I, Purpose and Scope                                                                                                  3

 

Article II, Definitions                                                                                                             3

 

Article III - Directives                                                                                                            4

 

Article IV - Chain of Command                                                                                             4

 

Article V - Station Equipment                                                                                               8

 

Article VI - Personal Equipment/Protective Clothing                                                           9

 

Article VII - Apparatus                                                                                                          10

 

Article VIII - Normal Order of Responding Units                                                                 10

 

Article IX - Mutual Aid Response                                                                                         11

 

Article X - Emergency Medical Response                                                                             11

 

Article XI - Accidents Involving Fire Department Vehicles                                                 12

 

Article XII - Red Light Policy                                                                                               13

 

Article XIII - Training Requirements                                                                                    13

 

Article XIV - Self-contained Breathing Apparatus                                                                12

 

Article XV - Enforcement and Discipline                                                                             14

 

Article XVI - Formal Charge Procedures                                                                              15

 

Article XVIII - Use of Intoxicants                                                                                         15

 

Attached memos and SOG's


ARTICLE I

 

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

 

The Baker Fire District shall, in addition to and in conformance with the powers and duties prescribed by the laws of the United States, the State of Florida (Charter 633.533-2.52), and (Section 191 of the Florida Statutes, for Independent Special Fire Control Districts) shall be governed by the following rules regulations, also known as the (SOP’s and SOG’s) and amendments as approved by the Baker Fire District Commissioners,:

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

To provide fire suppression and related activities, save lives, and protect property should fire or other threatening situations occur; to confine fire to its place of origin; to extinguish fire by the most efficient means possible; to provide mutual aid with surrounding communities.
To provide emergency medical response in an emergency or accident situation, including, but not limited to, a plane crash, building collapse, water rescue or motor vehicle accident, and aid EMS by providing personnel and equipment as may be needed.

 

The scope of these guidelines shall govern the general duties of fire department personnel and shall provide the Fire Chief a framework in which to operate the Baker Fire District.  These guidelines may be revoked, amended, or otherwise changed as the good of the fire department may require by the Board of Fire Commissioners.  The fire chief or Board of Officers will make final interpretation of any provision within these articles.

 

ARTICLE II

 

DEFINITIONS

 

For the purpose of these guidelines certain words and terms used herein are defined as follows:

 

MEMBERS, shall mean all personnel of the fire department as set forth below.

 

REGULAR MEMBER:  Any person who has successfully completed the probationary period, and minimum training standards as set forth in the guidelines of the Baker Fire District.

 

(1) Will be certified by the Training Officer as having met the basic essentials of fire fighter Part I or Support role function they choose or have an exemption issued by the State of Florida.

(2) Will be approved for membership by the Volunteer Membership.

(3)  Members of Baker Fire District will not be duel enrolled in another department.

 

 

      NON-FIREFIGHTER.  a member of the department who is not a state of Florida certified firefighter but who can perform all support functions outside of the IDLH.

 

PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER:  Any person serving the required minimum period as set forth in the guidelines and/or until their ability and performance as a firefighter has been determined, or any firefighter temporarily demoted because of disciplinary action to the rank of probationary firefighter.

 

b.  FIREFIGHTER TRAINEE: A student who wishes to volunteer time to the department for the purpose of becoming a member.

 

ARTICLE III

 

DIRECTIVES

 

The fire chief to aid in general and specific policies of department operation will issue department operational instructions and memos.  Operational instructions and memos shall be discussed at the scheduled volunteer meetings.  All instructions shall be posted in a conspicuous place or made available within the fire station.  It will be the responsibility of each officer to assure that all of their respective personnel are made aware of such instructions and policies and understand and support them to the best of their ability

 

See Attachment # Pets in Station

See Attachment # Visitor in Station

See Attachment # IDLH Letter

 

ARTICLE IV

 

CHAIN OF COMMAND

 

The order of rank will be from Fire Chief or Chief Administrator to Assistant Chief of Operations to Captain to Lieutenant to fire fighter.  The Officer of highest rank or the member with the highest seniority will be in command at all emergency incidents within the fire protection district.

*Note: Safety Officer duties may be assigned as an additional duty for an existing Officer position

 

FIRE CHIEF

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The board of commissioners shall prescribe the duties of the fire chief. 

 

1.  The Fire Chief is appointed by the Baker Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.

2.  The Fire Chief has the right to assign his senior staff (Asst Chief, Safety Officer, Training Officer) without direction from the Board or the Volunteers. He shall provide supervision and management of the operations of the fire department.

3.  He shall determine that proper command is maintained whenever fire department personnel or equipment are dispatched.

4.  He shall adopt and enforce fire safety standards and codes and enforce the rules of the State Fire Marshall consistent with the exercise of the duties authorized by Chapter 553 or Chapter 633, with respect to fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire safety both on and off the fire ground.

5.  Specifically functions as the chief administrator of The Baker Fire District at all functions, emergency and non-emergency.

6.  Ensures that training is carried out according to state regulations, and gives educational lectures to firefighters and officers.

7.  Attends meetings with The Baker Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.

8.  Prepares yearly budgets, report to the State and gathers and presents information to the safety committee for their consideration in purchases of equipment and administrative assistance.

9.  Conduct public education to promote awareness of fire prevention and fire safety to reduce the loss of life and property from fires or other public safety concerns.

10.  Ensure that all records of the fire department are kept and stored according to state guidelines.

11.  Assist Arson investigators at all suspicious fires and safeguards evidence.

 

*Nothing contained in these guidelines shall be construed so as to limit the power or authority granted the fire chief by the State of Florida Charter; and federal laws in the operation and extinguishing of fire or medical emergencies, and in administering the necessary fire cause investigation when it is deemed necessary.

 

ASSISITANT  CHIEF

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1.  Supervises company officers, enforcing policies and regulations.  Serves as a safety monitor at all functions. 

2.  Participates in classroom lectures and fire drills to impart instruction to lower grade officers.  Instructs through lectures on command and control, firefighter safety, and responsibilities of fire officers and firefighters at an actual incident, or when the fire department trains.

3.  When first to arrive at the site of an emergency takes command-directing placement of personnel, vehicles and equipment to ensure maximum scene safety until mitigation of the emergency or relieved by a senior fire officer

4.  Specifically functions as the fire chief in his absence.

5.  Assists the chief in preparation of yearly budgets.

6.  Attends parades, social functions, speaks publicly on behalf of the fire department

7.  Assists the chief in arson investigations and ensures the safety of all evidence at a fire scene.

8.  Assists the chief in the planning and implementation of fire prevention week.

9.  Must meet training requirements as set forth for the positions of Lieutenant and Captain having completed the required training hours for the technical courses.

 

TRAINING OFFICER

 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1..  Ensures that all safety regulations are followed at all training sessions in the classroom and on the training ground.

2.  Develops an annual training plan that ensures a minimum of 40 hours training per year. This plan must be presented at the officers meeting in Oct for an initial review with a final vote at the Dec Officers meeting.

3.  Prepares lesson plans and obtains videos, movies, and tapes on fire department related material.

4.  Conducts classes as required by The State of Florida and as instructed by the chief.

5.  Assigns other fire fighters as instructors when needed to ensure a quality-training program through sharing of experience.  Assist other firefighters in teaching duties

6.  Keeps records according to The State of Florida regulations and maintains educational files on each firefighter.

7.  Provides to the Fire Chief an annual budget proposal by the middle of Sept each year for review and approval by the board. Coordinates expenditures of budget items prior to purchase to ensure the training budget restraints are not exceeded.

8.  Must meet training requirements as set forth for the positions of Lieutenant and Captain having completed the required training hours for the technical courses plus Fire Instructor 1.  

*Note: May be assigned the additional duty of Safety Officer.

 

CAPTAIN

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

l.  Can step up and fill in as the Assistant Chief when asked to do so by the Chief or the Assistant Chief.  Ensures that safety rules are followed at all times.  This includes both off and on the fire ground.

2.  Makes sure that assigned vehicles, equipment, and personnel arrive safely at an emergency, and directs fire suppression and rescue efforts of the assigned crew.

3.  Participates in classroom lectures and fire drills to impart instruction to firefighters and assists the training officer as needed.

4.  When first to arrive at the site of an emergency takes command until relieved by a senior fire officer.

5.  Performs driver operations and firefighters' duties as conditions dictate.

6.  Assigns duties to firefighters, such as firehouse cleaning and truck polishing and washing.

7.  Directs and takes part in the inspection and maintenance of vehicles and equipment. Ensures all apparatus are checked out Thursday of each week.

8.  Prepares and submits reports to the chief, and fills out incident reports when required.

9.  Attends parades, social functions, and other fire department activities as required.

10. An individual must successfully complete 40 hours each of basic training for Fire Service Building Construction, Firefighting Tactics & Strategy 1, and Courage to Be Safe, or have received equivalent training in another state that can fulfill this requirement or complete this requirement within 1 year of assignment.

 

LIEUTENANT

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

l.  Acts and conducts all operations (emergency and non-emergency) in a safe manner.

2.  Attends classes and become a State of Florida certified firefighter 1.

3.  Participates as a student in fire department formal classroom training and training drills.

4.  Participates as a training instructor when requested, in an area of personal expertise, to train less experienced firefighters.

5.  Responds to emergency incidents, fights fire, performs rescue, carries out action to direct instructions from officers, and uses all the tools necessary to carry out those instructions.

6.  Extinguishes fires in a manner to preserve citizen’s property, when possible.

7.  Drives and operates assigned emergency vehicles.  Performs operator maintenance, to include apparatus inspection, cleaning and polishing.  This also includes light maintenance such as bulb replacement, bolt tightening, and items that can be fixed on the spot.

8.  Assists and cleans the firehouse as necessary or as directed by a superior officer.

9.  Attends parades, social functions, other fire department official functions

10.  At the site of a fire, protects and preserves evidence that may indicate the fire’s cause.

11.  An individual must successfully complete 80 hours of basic training for Apparatus and Pump Operators (FFP 1302), Fire Service Hydraulics (FFP 1301), Courage to Be Safe, or have received equivalent training in another state that can fulfill this requirement or complete the requirement within 1 year of assignment.

 

FIREFIGHTER

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1.  Acts and conducts all operations (emergency and non-emergency) in a safe manner.

2.  Participates as a student in formal classroom fire department training and in training drills.

3.  Attends classes and become a State of Florida certified firefighter.

4.  Participates as a training instructor when requested in an area of personal expertise, to train less experienced firefighters.

5.  Responds to emergency incidents, fights fire, performs rescue, carries out action to direct instructions from officers, and uses all the tools necessary to carry out those instructions.

6.  Extinguish fires in a manner to preserve citizens' property, whenever possible.

7.  Performs apparatus inspection, cleaning, and polishing.  This also includes light maintenance such as bulb replacement, nut tightening, and items that can be fixed on the spot.

8.  Assists and cleans the firehouse as necessary or when directed by an officer.

9.  Attends parades, social events, other fire department official functions

10. At the site of a fire, protects and preserves evidence that may indicate the fire’s cause.

 

NON-FIREFIGHTER (Support Role)

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1.  Acts and conducts all operations (emergency and non-emergency) in a safe manner.

2.  Participates as a student in formal classroom fire department training and in training drills

4.  Participates as a training instructor when requested in an area of personal expertise.

5.  Responds to emergency incidents, and takes direction from the Senior Fire Officer and uses all the tools necessary to carry out those instructions.

6.  Performs apparatus inspection, cleaning, and polishing.  This also includes light maintenance such as bulb replacement, nut tightening, and items that can be fixed on the spot.

7.  Assists and cleans the firehouse as necessary or when directed by an officer.

8.  Attends parades, social events, other fire department official functions

9.  Expected to sign a statement to remain outside of the IDLH to be kept in their personnel folder.

10. Must completed the initial Emergency Vehicle Operations course and Emergency Medical Responder Training as well as State of Florida ICS requirements.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP / PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER

 

1.  Minimum age 18 years.

2.  An applicant shall be able to read, write, and clearly speak a Language that can be understood, and shall have a high school diploma or an acceptable general Education development test certificate, or still be enrolled in an educational program (school).

3.  An applicant will undergo a police record check.  This shall include State and national record checks.  The applicant will also obtain a physical as outline in NFPA 1582 for FF1.  The results will be forwarded to the Fire Chief for final determination.

5.  All applicants shall start as probationary firefighters.  A probationary firefighter shall serve a probationary period of at least six (3) months.  During the training phase, the probationary firefighter's activities may be limited at the discretion of the chief, training officer, and/or other officers.

6.  The volunteer fire fighters will make the final determination of an applicant’s suitability for employment by the fire department.

*Note: The Fire Chief reserves the right to appoint General Staff personnel as the need arises.

 

633.416 Firefighter employment and volunteer firefighter service; saving clause.—

(1) A fire service provider may not employ an individual to:

(a) Extinguish fires for the protection of life or property or to supervise individuals who perform such services unless the individual holds a current and valid Firefighter Certificate of Compliance; or

(b) Serve as the administrative and command head of a fire service provider for a period in excess of 1 year unless the individual holds a current and valid Firefighter Certificate of Compliance or Special Certificate of Compliance.

(2) A fire service provider may not retain the services of an individual volunteering to extinguish fires for the protection of life or property or to supervise individuals who perform such services unless the individual holds a current and valid Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion.

(4)(a) A fire service provider must notify the division electronically, as directed by rule by the division, within 10 days after:

1. The hiring of a firefighter.

2. The retention of a volunteer firefighter.

3. The cessation of employment of a firefighter.

4. A decision not to retain a volunteer firefighter.

(b) Notification under paragraph (a) must include:

1. The individual’s name.

2. The date on which he or she was hired or retained.

3. The last date of employment or retention before leaving the fire service provider.

4. Any other information deemed necessary by the division to determine compliance with ss. 633.414 and 633.426.

(5) If the fire service provider makes a determination that an individual has not met the requirements set forth in s. 633.414(1), the fire service provider must notify the division in writing within 10 days after making that determination.

(6) The division may conduct site visits to fire departments to monitor compliance with this section.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

 

1.  The probationary firefighter shall spend the time necessary for training sessions, drills, meetings, work duty, and fires.  The minimum requirement is:

 

Occasional work details as requested by the officer in command.
Respond to a minimum of 25 percent of all runs dispatched in which he/she is responsible to respond to during this probationary period.

 

2.  Support department guidelines.

3.  Perform all duties in a proficient manner.

4.  Obey all instructions from officers of the fire department.

5.  Obey all Florida emergency vehicle code and department guidelines when driving department or private vehicles while on department business.

 

FIRE FIGHTER TRAINEE

 

1.  Minimum age 16 years.

2.  The firefighter TRAINEE will not perform duties assigned to primary fire protection and suppression, and shall spend the time necessary for training sessions, drills, meetings, work duty. 

3.  Participates as a student in formal classroom fire department training and in training drills.

4. Occasional work details as requested by the officer in command.

5. Must maintain a “C” average in school

6. Will not leave school to respond to dispatched emergencies.

7.  Perform all duties in a proficient manner.

8.  Obey all instructions from the officers of the fire department.

9.  Expected to sign a statement to remain outside of the IDLH to be kept in their personnel folder.

 

ARTICLE V

 

STATION EQUIPMENT

 

1.  Fire Department buildings and equipment shall be used for fire department use or special functions as approved by the Fire Chief or A/C prior to the function. No fire department equipment can be used for any personnel use without getting the approval from the Fire Chief.

2.  Lost or damaged equipment or any other unsafe condition shall be reported immediately to the fire chief or an officer.

3.  Property owned by the department: No fire department equipment shall be kept by a firefighter unless authorized by the chief or the officer in charge.  All department property is to be returned to the department upon termination or resignation of a member.

4.  All equipment will be kept in a clean, ready and operational condition. Apparatus and equipment checkout is scheduled for 18:30 on assigned training nights.

5.  All firemen responding to or working at an incident shall return to the station to assist in restoring all equipment used on that incident to operational condition.  Then an officer may dismiss him/her.  Exceptions to this rule are as follows:

 

a.  The officer in command may require certain firefighters to remain at the scene of an incident to assist in the conducting of an investigation, or to maintain the integrity of the scene.

b.  Firefighters required to leave the incident because of full time job requirements may do so upon approval of the fire officer in charge. (accountability of personnel)

 

ARTICLE VI

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT/PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

 

l.  Any issued safety equipment, uniform items and other fire department apparel shall be worn and used only while on official fire department business.  Such business shall include, but not limited to, fighting fires, other emergencies, attending meetings or training sessions, marching in parades, etc. 

2.  Upon acceptance into the ranks of The Baker Fire Department, each certified firefighter shall be issued the following minimal equipment (upon availability):

 

a.  One NFPA approved helmet.

b.  One NFPA approved fire fighting coat and pants.

c.  One pair NFPA approved fire-fighting gloves.

d.  One pair of NFPA approved boots.

e.  One NFPA approved Nomex hood.

f.  One copy of The Baker Fire Department By-Laws.

g.  Any other item deemed appropriate by the fire chief.

 

3.  It shall be the responsibility of the individual concerned to see that said equipment is kept clean and in a serviceable condition. Equipment will be replaced by the individual if damaged or destroyed due to negligence.

4.  The department will replace the above equipment when deemed necessary by the fire chief or his designated representative.

5.  Departmental Pager: The department shall furnish each firefighter with a tone-activated pager.  Any departmental pager or charger that is inoperable will be repaired or replaced by the department provided the firefighter has exercised due care.

6.  Departmental pagers and chargers will remain the property of the department and shall be returned in good condition to the department when the member no longer maintains active status with the Baker Fire Department.

7.  All firefighters will wear whatever protective clothing is required in accordance with NFPA l500, at all fire department incidents.  This includes structural fires, vehicle fires, and hazardous materials incidents.

8.  Firefighters should wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, boots, a safety hat, and goggles/visor at all brush and grass fires.

9.  Full protective equipment will be worn when operating any tools of the fire department.  Modified PPE can be approved for training but will be no less than Helmet, steel toe footwear, and gloves.

10.  The officer in charge may use his discretion to regulate this, in those situations where exemptions to the above policy appear necessary, such as when the use of protective clothing may compromise the care of a victim, or when it is necessary to operate in close quarters where full protective clothing cannot be worn.

11.  In specific situations for which no guidelines have been provided, the proper protective clothing to protect against all foreseeable hazards shall be utilized.

12.  It is the intent of this article that no member shall cause a delay in any firefighting operation by not being fully prepared to engage in fire fighting activities in a safe manner.

 

ARTICLE XI

 

APPARATUS

 

1.  No one except fire personnel shall be allowed to ride upon or drive the fire apparatus without the permission of the fire chief or Assistant Chief.  Apparatus and equipment shall be checked for operation at 18:30 on assigned training days and if found in need of maintenance, it shall be reported to an officer.  If any equipment is placed out of service, all fire fighters shall be notified by either verbal or electronic means.  When apparatus is returned to the station, it shall be checked out prior to putting it back into service.

2.  Apparatus shall be used for district fire-related business only, unless prior authorized by a command officer.

3.  All drivers of apparatus shall, when responding to alarm, get the apparatus to the scene with the least possible delay; but in doing so, it shall be kept under control at all times.  When turning corners, passing through crowded streets, or when heavy traffic exists, the apparatus shall be slowed down to a speed consistent with safety until all danger of collision or accident has passed.  When returning from an alarm, all state and local traffic laws shall be obeyed, with special attention paid to the speed limit.

4.  When responding to alarms, the senior member riding in the apparatus shall take charge and make all decisions pertaining to the response and operation of the apparatus.

5.  All personnel shall wear seat belts in emergency vehicles.  Firefighters shall be seated at all times in moving apparatus.

6.  Personnel will not ride the "tail board" or rear of the truck for any reason.

7.  All fire vehicles are to back into the proper bays at the stations.  Doors should not be closed until the vehicle engine has been turned off.

8.  At least one spotter will be used on all operations that require fire vehicles to be backed up.  Two spotters should be used if they are available.  If one spotter is available personnel will position themselves directly behind, and off to one side, so that they can be seen by the driver as the vehicle is backed up.  The spotter then directs the truck back, while watching for obstacles.  If two spotters are available the same procedure applies, except the other spotter takes up a position in front of the vehicle on the off-driver’s side and helps direct the operations from there.

9.  All vehicle operators shall be Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (16 hours) certified prior to becoming a vehicle operator except when authorized by the Fire Chief or his representative for special functions.

10 The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call, but not while returning, may:

 

Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after stopping and clearing the intersection as may be necessary for safe operation.
Exceed the speed limit so long as it does not endanger life or property.
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in a specified direction (this practice is highly discouraged).

 

*Note:  These provisions apply only when the driver of the vehicle, while in motion sounds a siren audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 300 feet and when the vehicle is equipped with a flashing, rotating or oscillating red light mounted on the roof section of the vehicle, either as a permanent installation or by means of suction cups or magnets and are clearly visible in a 360-degree arc from a distance of 300 feet when in use. 

 

ARTICLE VIII

 

NORMAL ORDER OF RESPONDING UNITS

 

1.  Structure Fires within Baker Fire District: Engine 20, Engine 22, Tanker 24, and Rescue 28 will respond.

 

a.  Automatic Aid responses to Baker for structure fires is as follows: if the structure fire is North of Highway 4 and CR 189 page out Blackman. If South of Baker (SR 4 / CR 189): Page out Holt Fire Department to send a tanker to the scene.  Contact Santa Rosa County Fire Dispatch at 850-623-0588 and requests that Station 19 (Munson) send a truck to Baker for station coverage.

b.  If the structure fire is West of Baker (SR 4): Page out Hold Fire Department to send a truck to Baker for station coverage. Contact Santa Rosa County Fire Dispatch at 850-623-0588 and request that Station 19 (Munson) send a truck to the scene.

 

2.  Motor Vehicle Fires within the Baker Fire District: Any Engine will respond first; additional apparatus will respond as needed.

3.  Woods Fires within the Baker Fire District: Brush 21 will respond first, Tanker 24 will respond 2nd, Additional apparatus will respond as requested.

4.  Motor Vehicle Accidents inside or outside of Baker Fire District: Squad 20 will respond first, Rescue 28 or they type of apparatus requested by the on-scene commander (OIC) will respond as needed.

5.  Motor Vehicle Accidents with Extraction within Baker Fire District: Squad 20, and Rescue 28 with any Engine will respond.  For calls outside the District, Squad 20 will respond and Eng. 22 if requested.

9.  The officer in charge of a fire / rescue call will be responsible to fully complete a fire / rescue run report prior to securing.  If someone else fills out the report, the OIC is still responsible for ensuring that the report is filled out completely.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

MUTUAL AID RESPONSE

 

1.  Upon request for Mutual Aid, Chief Officers can respond directly to the scene.

2.  Other officers and fire fighters will respond directly to the fire station.  If no officer is known to be responding, the driver will pick a crew and respond.

3.  Engine 22 is the mutual aid apparatus unless notified differently by the Officer in Charge, or a specific piece of equipment is requested by the other department.

4.  Mutual aid crew will consist of a minimum of two personnel. With the exception of the driver, all other personnel responding to mutual aid outside of Baker will be state FF1 certified or greater.

5.  No Baker apparatus or vehicle will respond to an emergency call unless the crew knows the location of the emergency scene prior to departing the station.

 

ARTICLE X

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE

 

The first qualified person on scene (Emergency Medical First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, etc.) will make the decision to cancel or continue EMS and fire response.  If no qualified person is on scene, then EMS will determine the condition. 

a. Fire personnel under the age of 18 are not to be on scene during a medical response. In the event they are, they will remain with the apparatus and not near any patients.

b. For ECHO responses, units will stage @ the direction of a senior officer until the scene is declared secure by the Sheriff's Office.

ARTICLE XI

 

ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FIRE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES

 

1.  Whenever a fire department vehicle is involved in an accident, the officer or driver shall immediately notify the dispatcher and give all pertinent details.  If responding to an emergency incident, and if there are no civilian or personnel injuries and the vehicle is able to proceed to the incident, one member shall be detailed to remain at the scene of the accident.

2.  Accidents producing any injuries will be reported to Okaloosa Dispatch and the following notifications will be made:

 

a.  Request an ambulance.  (If required).

b.  Law Enforcement Agency.

c.  Fire chief or representative.

 

3.  All accidents will be processed as follows:

 

a.  Secure names of all witnesses to the accident.

b.  Statements will be required from the driver and any Department personnel who witness the accident.

c.  DO NOT MAKE ANYTHING OTHER THAN FACTUAL STATEMENTS, EITHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN, TO ANYONE BUT INVESTIGATORS FROM A POLICE AGENCY OR A FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICER.

 

ARTICLE XII

 

RED LIGHT POLICY

 

1.  All personal vehicles equipped with red lights must be registered with the Fire Chief or Asst. Chief.  Personnel under the age of 18 will not be authorized a red-light permit or use a red light.

2.  Probationary firefighters shall not be allowed to operate their private vehicles as an emergency vehicle, until they are given permission and an officer gives them a complete briefing on emergency vehicle operations.

 

ARTICLE XIII

 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

 

1.  It will be the responsibility of every fire fighter to attain a minimum of 30 hours training during the training year (1 Jan - 30 Dec).

2.  It will be the responsibility of the Department to make available the minimum number training hours to meet the criteria of this standard.

3.  It will be mandatory for every line firefighter to complete a proscribed course of training as training becomes available within a reasonable time to meet minimum state standards.

4.  It is required that other non-fire fighter personnel receive training on their assigned apparatus and equipment to meet item #1 above and become proficient in the operation of said equipment.

5.  Other approved fire department related training can be used to fulfill required training hours.  Note:  Classes will be posted on the board each month and the training officer will track member training.

 

ARTICLE XIV

 

SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS

 

1.  It is the policy of the Baker Fire Department that all personnel expected to function in areas of atmospheric contamination, shall be equipped and trained in the proper use and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA.)

2.  All personnel will utilize the provided SCBA at all incidents where the atmosphere may be contaminated and will include but not be limited to the following:

 

a.  All structural fires.

b.  All vehicle fires.

c.  All hazardous material incidents.

d.  Any incident that the quality of air is in question.

e.  At the request of any officer.

 

3.  Do not remove your SCBA until the atmosphere has been rendered safe through testing.  (Either use your SCBA or change the atmosphere.)

4.  The determination to remove your SCBA at an incident will be made by the officer in charge.

5.  Evaluation of all members of the Baker Fire Department in the use of SCBA will be conducted annually.  Each member shall be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and compatibility with SCBA under conditions comparable to those the member may encounter during an emergency situation.

 

ARTICLE XV

 

ENFORCEMENT AND DISCIPLINE

 

1.  The disciplinary procedure should be used when an employee’s conduct does not meet acceptable standards or as defined by Florida Stature 633.426 Disciplinary action; standards for revocation of certification. —The fire chief and department officers will have full responsibility and authority to enforce these guidelines.

2.  In situations involving minor offenses, the appropriate officer may take disciplinary action.

3.  Any member violating these guidelines shall be subject to the following disciplinary action determined by the nature of the offense and taking into account the member's previous record of conduct:

 

a.  Verbal reprimand

b.  Written reprimand

c.  Restrictions of activities or privileges

d.  Requirement of restitution

e.  Suspension

f.  Dismissal

 

4.  Any member of the fire department may be suspended or dismissed for cause for any of the following list of offenses which is not to be considered as all-inclusive, or meets the definition of Florida Statute 633.426 Disciplinary action; standards for revocation of certification.

 

Intoxication from drug or alcohol, at an emergency incident.
Stealing
Immoral or indecent conduct that would be offensive to the average citizen.
Refusing to fulfill a reasonable order from an officer at any official fire department function.
Leaving an incident without coordinating it with the officer in charge.
Non-participation in training for a period of 90 days without cause.
Giving fire department information about an incident to unauthorized persons (All inquiries should be directed to the officer in charge, or fire chief.)
Misuse of department resources or equipment for personal gain or mis-conduct..
Failure to use the proper chain of command, involving matters or procedures pertaining to fire department operations.
Loaning fire department equipment to unauthorized persons.
Driving to an emergency incident inconsistent with the policy established by the department.
Failure to complete department funded training programs after enrolling in them.
Any conduct that tends to bring discredit to the fire department.

1. Convicted of a misdemeanor relating to perjury or false statement.

2. Convicted of a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or of any state thereof, or under the law of any other country.

3. Dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

5.  GENERAL GUIDELINES:

 

Accord obedience, respect, and courtesy to superior officers and those performing the duties of a higher rank.
Immediately report to the officer in charge any accident, sickness, or injury occurring to themselves while on duty, no matter how trivial.
Notify the fire chief of any change of residence or telephone number within a period of 10 days of the change.
No member shall directly or indirectly intercede with a governmental official in his/her own behalf or for or against any member of the department without first taking these issues to the Board of Officers and the Fire chief.
All members will wear protective clothing as prescribed by fire department standards on all fire calls, unless instructed to do otherwise by the officer in charge of the fire call.
Telephone:  Personnel shall furnish a telephone number where contact may be made by the department and will report any changes of telephone numbers or to such other persons as may be appropriate as soon as possible.
The stations and their equipment shall be kept clean.  The officer in charge will assign this work.
Personnel will operate department radio equipment in a concise and professional manner in conformance with department policy.  Unnecessary radio transmissions should be avoided.
Insubordination:  Personnel shall promptly obey all lawful directions of a department officer.  This will include directions relayed from an officer or by the senior ranking firefighter at an incident.
Fire Department Reports:  Personnel shall submit all necessary reports on time and in accordance with established departmental policies.

 

ARTICLE XVII

 

FORMAL CHARGE PROCEDURE

 

Any member of the fire department can be suspended by an officer of the department.  Charges must be preferred by the officer, and referred to the Board of Officers or the Fire chief within 72 hours of the suspension or the charges are automatically dropped.  The chief of the department within 7 calendar days must act upon all charges in writing.  If the misconduct is of a very serious nature, it may be necessary to suspend the employee while the investigation is being carried out

 

It is important to note that suspension does not constitute disciplinary action and does not itself imply any presumption of guilt on the part of the employee. The employee should be advised of the suspension and advised that they should not discuss the matter with colleagues. Confirmation of the suspension should always be provided in writing

 

2.  The fire chief, or Board of Officers in making their determination of the appropriateness of punishment for any violation of the rules and regulations of the Department, may appoint a three-member panel to collect evidence of the alleged misconduct and make recommendations with regard to the punishment to be imposed by the Board of Officers and Fire Chief.  After receipt of the report from the three-member panel, or upon his own decision without a panel, the fire chief shall give notice in writing to the member of this department, stating the acts of conduct which are claimed to be in violation of these rules or the policy of the department. He will also state which rule or policy was violated and allows the member to request a meeting with the fire chief, which must be in writing. At such meeting, the member may present evidence to the fire chief to refute the allegations, may testify on his own behalf, and may offer matters in mitigation.  The fire chief, at that time, may impose the penalty he deems fit for any infraction by the member for which he finds sufficient evidence.  The penalty may include verbal or written reprimand, probation or suspension.  The fire chief's decision must be reduced to writing and given to the member within five calendar days.  When the member accepts the decision of the chief, imposition of the penalty shall take place immediately.  A copy of the report will be place into the members file.

 

ARTICLE XVIII

 

USE OF INTOXICANTS

 

1.  Department personnel shall not respond to alarms when they have been drinking alcoholic or intoxicating beverages, or any time their ability is impaired.  Furthermore, fire personnel shall not respond to alarms or incidents when their ability is impaired from medication for any illness.

2.  Firefighters wearing items of representation of the department shall refrain from consuming intoxicating beverages to the extent that it results in obnoxious or offensive behavior, which discredits them or the department at public functions.

 

 

 

 

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EMERY R. TALBERT

Chief, Baker Fire District


 

Digital Fingerprinting now available through PearsonVue.com

 

Firefighter II, Retention, Fire safety Inspector and Special Fire safety Inspector applicants may now have their fingerprints taken and submitted electronically. In order to use this service;

Phase 1: - Submit your certification application at www.floridastatefirecollege.org

 

Phase II: - Acquire your fingerprint user identification and password.
At www.PearsonVue.com select Book Digital Fingerprinting Appointments.
Select Florida Applicant Fingerprinting Services, then select Go.
Select Make Your Fingerprint Reservation Online, then select create a new account.
Provide the required information (business information is not required).
Select Save. You will receive a user identification & password.
Note your ID and password (keep them in a safe place), then select Continue.

Phase III: - Schedule to have your fingerprints taken.
At the test taker page under My Tasks , select Schedule a Test.
From the Select a Test list, select Florida Fingerprinting.
From the Program list, select Florida State Fire Marshal Fingerprinting.
Select Continue. Complete the required fields, then select Continue.
From the State, City list, select the best city for you.
From the Center/Name Address select Fingerprint Only.
Select Continue and follow the directions on screen to completion. You must submit your fingerprint receipt with your application to the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.