Date of Issue: 2-22-97
Effective Date: 2-22-97
Developed By: Earl Obelenus
Issued by Authority of:
Earl Obelenus, Fire Chief
WITH PERSONAL VEHICLES
To establish guidelines
for fire department personnel when responding to alarms with their personal
vehicles including the use of emergency lighting on the vehicle.
This guideline effects all
fire department personnel who respond in their personal vehicle to emergency
calls for Browndale Fire Co. No.1.
All fire department personnel
who use their personal vehicle when responding to emergency calls have
the responsibility to arrive in a safe manner. Once on scene they have
the responsibility to position their vehicle in a manner that will not
hinder emergency operations.
It is imperative that all
fire department personnel arrive safely to insure that the alarm assignment
is fulfilled. Many times firefighters take unnecessary risks when responding
to alarms in their private vehicles. In addition, many emergency operations
have been hampered by fire department personnel inappropriately parking
1. When responding to alarms
all firefighters must exercise care. Responding as a firefighter does not
relieve the driver from the duty to drive with due regard to the safety
of all persons, nor does it exempt the driver from complying with all PA.
Stat vehicle codes.
2. The use of emergency
lighting (BLUE LIGHTS) is optional. However, if the firefighter elects
to use emergency lighting , it shall meet the following guidelines as per
A. The use of flashing
or revolving blue lights only, with the exception of chief or assistant
B. No more than 2 (two)
lights per vehicle.
C. Lights must be operated
by the driver from inside the vehicle
D. Lights must be used only
en route to or at the scene of an emergency call.
E. Use of audible warning
devices are prohibited on private vehicles except by the fire chief or
F. Name of such personnel
electing to use such lighting must have their name submitted to the nearest
PA. State Police barracks on a list signed by the fire chief or his designee.
The light shall be removed from the vehicle within 7 (seven) days receipt
of notice from the fire chief upon termination of the personís status as
a member of the Browndale Fire Co. No.1 or when the vehicle is no longer
used by that individual to respond to alarms.
G. This is a courtesy light
only. Please be patient with other motorists.
H. All personnel are encouraged
to respond directly to the station to ensure that the apparatus riding
positions are filled and that the officer has a measurement of available
3. Personnel may go directly
to scene if the incident has occurred within their route to the station.
4. When parking at
the scene, no private vehicle shall be parked within 100 feet of the incident
nor shall it be positioned as to restrict the normal flow of traffic.
5. Due to the length of
some emergencies, do not park in a manner which would block a public or
private driveway without appropriate consent.
6. Avoid parking in such
a manner that would restrict access to fire hydrants, exposures that would
potentially restrict the mobility of emergency vehicles.
7. After arriving on scene,
all personnel MUST report To the incident commander to receive job assignment
and to drop off accountability tag.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDLINE
This is a new guideline
on this subject and does not supersede any previous memo or guideline on