Developed By: Ronald
Richards, Chief for Safety and Training
Issued by: David
M. Richards, Fire Chief
Date of Issue: 3-9-04
Effective date: 3-11-04
To establish a procedure
to insure a system is in place to account for all emergency service personnel
on the fire ground.
This guideline is applicable
to all emergency service personnel who respond to emergency incidents.
The fire chief is responsible
to insure the safety of all fire department personnel.
Fire ground officers are
responsible to carry out tactical operations. These operations must always
be performed with first considering the safety and welfare of fire department
personnel. The safety officer is responsible for fire ground safety during
The accountability officer
is an individual assigned to the command post to receive accountability
Firefighters are responsible
to adhere to the procedures established within this guideline.
The firefighter “accountability
system” provides for an organized mechanism to account for emergency personnel
on scene. It also provides the IC with an organized focal point to determine
resources available and monitor their deployment. It also makes fire ground
officers accountable for individuals assigned to them eliminating “free
lancing” and fire department liability.
1. All fire department personnel
issued protective clothing will receive a PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY TAG
2. Firefighters responding
to an incident on the apparatus will affix their PAT to the APPARATUS
ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD (AAB). The AAB will be positioned in the apparatus
so that all personnel can attach their tag via Velcro. The officer on the
apparatus is responsible to insure firefighters attach their tag to the
AAB. The engineer, WILL NOT affix his tag to the AAB UNLESS he is going
to be part of an interior operations team. Otherwise, his tag will remain
with him on the apparatus.
3. The officer of each responding
piece of apparatus will report initial personnel staffing while responding.
Example- “WAYNE COUNTY, ENGINE 43 RESPONDING WITH 6”. Staffing will
reflect only those firefighters capable of interior operations. Junior
firefighters, observers or those in probationary status not having completed
required training are excluded from the staffing count.
4. The AAB will be taken
to the “incident command post” and will be attached to the “accountability&
incident command board” based on the specific assignment given to the company
by the IC. The engineer or other fire ground personnel may be used to bring
the AAB to the CP.
A. If the officer on the first on scene apparatus is in the “FAST ATTACK”
mode requiring action prior to the establishing of a CP, he will insure
the AAB is left with the engineer at the apparatus. As soon as practical
the AAB will be sent to the CP to insure accountability. IF INTERIOR
OPERATIONS ARE EMINENT THE COMPANY OFFICER WILL, BY NAME, BE AWARE OF THE
WHEREABOUTS OF ALL PERSONNEL UNDER HIS/HER COMMAND.
5. When responding, all
apparatus will acknowledge response and indicate their staffing. Incidents
without VISIBLE smoke or fire or those requiring deliberate action, at
the direction of the IC, will direct incoming companies to “LEVEL
1 STAGE”. Under “level 1”, staging only the first in apparatus will investigate
or take action. All other apparatus will stage and remain uncommitted.
All personnel will remain on their respective apparatus. Once the IC determines
the apparatus required to complete the incident, he will hold the apparatus
required and place the rest back in service and they can return to the
6. An incident on a limited
access roadway, complex or one where more detailed information is required
to locate the incident may require “LEVEL2 STAGE”. When “level 2” staging,
the apparatus will ordinarily park in the direction of travel and remain
uncommitted until a specific assignment is given or is returned to service.
On a “multi-alarm” incident, a “staging area officer” will be assigned
to determine the resources in the staging area and report it to the CP.
7. Personnel arriving in
private vehicles will report to their company’s apparatus to check with
the engineer to determine what equipment has to be taken to the fire ground
as needed and to get SCBA or other tools, then report directly to the command
staging area to be entered into the accountability system. NO personnel
arriving in a private vehicle will assume any fire ground activity without
first checking in with the accountability officer at the CP.
8. All fire ground assignments
will be made through the ”incident command system”. Each fire ground team
will have an officer or team leader who will direct a team and be responsible
for the whereabouts of all team members.
9. Approximately every fifteen
(15) minutes or during rapidly changing fire conditions, command may request
a PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT (PAR). This report indicates to command
that all team members are accounted for. When command asks for a PAR, each
team leader will respond back to command with the team’s name and number
of personnel. In the event individuals are missing, RIT will be activated
to assist in locating missing personnel as required.
10. Fire ground teams exiting
the structure or “hot” zone will report to the command area to provide
a status report to command, have status changed and moved to REHAB area.
Once all personnel on the team have been rehabbed and cleared by EMS, the
team will return to the personnel staging area and report to accountability
11. All personnel leaving
the fire ground will report to their team leader and to command to get
their PAT before leaving.
12. Personnel from mutual
aid companies will be assigned as outlined above. In the event accountability
tags are not used by the company, firefighters will be accounted for by
writing their names on a generic AAB.
13. Chief officers or their
designees are responsible to insure that PAT’s are appropriately assigned.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINE
This is a revised guideline
on this on this subject matter and supercedes S.O.G. 600-00-2,
Firefighter Accountability System, issued 07-01-00.