Date of Issue: 08/3/2010
Effective Date: 08/3/2010
Developed By: Ronald W.
Richards, Fire Chief Ronald
Engine Company Riding
To establish a standard
operating guideline for personnel when riding apparatus (43 Engine) and
to pre-determine job assignments upon arrival. The goal of the engine company
is to place one hoseline in operation with a water supply insured as required.
This guideline affects
all Station 43 personnel who respond to emergency calls.
Company officers are responsible
for supervising fire ground operations and the supervision of personnel
under their command by maintaining crew integrity. All firefighters are
responsible to understand each assigned riding assignment and perform the
duties assigned to that position.
It is imperative to have
harmony when arriving on the fire ground. Fire officers are too labored
with responsibilities to permit individual assignment of tasks. This system
is designed to eliminate confusion for the officer and firefighters on
the first arriving apparatus. Responsibilities are specific. If followed,
teamwork is evident, if not, chaos exists.
The following procedures
are based on the availability of personnel. The basic response is dependent
on three (3) firefighters. If additional personnel are present, they will
assume the positions in sequence. The officer in charge may deviate from
these procedures as circumstances may dictate.
The riding assignments are
follows for Engine 43:
1. CHAUFFER: Safely
drives and positions the apparatus on the fire ground. Upon arrival, he
engages the pump and develops a booster tank operation. A steady water
supply shall be acquired as soon as possible by connecting the supply line
(5”) to the intake. Communications shall be established with the officer
and second arriving engine to a water supply. The generator shall be started
if required. He will assist, if required, on exterior operations if requested
by the officer.
2. OFFICER: Responsible
for managing crew resources and determining initial apparatus placement.
On arrival, the officer will transmit a size-up report, establish
command or pass command. The officer will assist in the advancement of
the first attack line and/or perform forcible entry. He should be positioned
on the fire floor unless immediate control is not attained. Equipment---
SCBA, radio, hand-light, Irons tool.
3. NOZZLEMAN: Dons SCBA
immediately and advances an attack line. A line not smaller than
1 ¾” shall be used. If only 3 firefighters are available, this position
will be responsible for the layout of the supply line. Once the hydrant
wrap is made, the firefighter will re-mount the apparatus and continue
to the fire scene to carry out duties. Equipment--- SCBA, hand-light, hose
line with nozzle, radio.
4. BACK UP MAN: Dons SCBA,
assists the nozzleman in advancing the hoseline, assisting with hoseline
management. Equipment--- SCBA, handlight, Hoseline, Radio
5. CONTROL MAN: Dons SCBA,
assists the backup man and nozzleman in advancing the hoseline, assisting
with hoseline management. This position insures all the hose is out of
the bed (preconnected line) and move hose as close as possible ( forward)
to the fire building. Equipment--- SCBA, handlight, Hoseline, Radio
6. LAYOUT: This position
is responsible for the supply line layout. Adapters and appliances are
located on the engine’s tailboard (hydrant bag) shall be removed to make
the hydrant connection. The layout position will radio the chauffer to
coordinate opening of the hydrant. Once the water is flowing, proceed to
the fire ground to assist with hose line management. Equipment--- hand-light,
hydrant bag, radio.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINE
This guideline supersedes
memo Engine Riding positions 500-09-01 Engine43 issued in 2/16/2009