Firefighter Platoon System
Developed By: Ronald Richards,
Assistant Chief for Operations
Issued by: David M. Richards,
David M. Richards
Date of Issue: 9/13/2007
Effective date: 9/18/2007
To establish a procedure
to insure effective span of control for non-emergency activities.
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
Firefighters are responsible
to adhere to the procedures established within this guideline.
There are various activities
that are preformed on a cyclical basis, including but not limited to, equipment
and apparatus testing and inspections, various station duties, special
projects and events that must be accomplished. By establishing a platoon
system, suppression staff is assigned to company officers to be drawn upon
to perform these duties as assigned.
1. All suppression personnel,
expect officers of the rank of Chief, Assistant Chief for Operations,
and the Captain, will be assigned to a platoon.
2. There will be two platoons.
Platoon A will be overseen by the Lieutenant Platoon B will be overseen
by the Sergeant.. The Sergeant and the Lieutenant, within the chain of
command report to the Station Captain.
3. All activities related
to Ladder 43 are the responsibility of the Sergeant. The Lieutenant is
responsible for activities related Engine 43 and Car 43. Activities include
maintenance, inspection, testing, cleaning and trained related to the above.
4. As required, the Sergeant.
and the Lieutenant will insure all documentation is completed as required
for all activities.
5. The Sergeant and the
Lieutenant will have the latitude to use platoon personnel to perform scheduled
or ad hoc activities as required. These officers will use personnel within
his platoon unless extenuating circumstances require personnel from the
other platoon. This request will be made by insuring the officer is aware
of the request.
6. The Sergeant and the
Lieutenant have ultimate responsibilities for their apparatus and their
personnel. Issues that arise will be shared within the chain of command.
7. The Sergeant and Lieutenant
may be required to perform performance reviews on personnel assigned with
8. Firefighters will direct
any issues, disputes, concerns or other matter to his/her platoon officer.
VI. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINE
This guideline replaces
Cleaning, Maintaining and Inspecting of Portable and Mobile Equipment