Date of Issue: 9-1-99
Effective Date: 10-1-99
Developed By: Earl Obelenus
Issued by Authority of:
Earl Obelenus, Fire Chief
Support of police agencies
during speial operations
This is a guideline to assist
Browndale Fire Company personnel in making decisions to support police
agencies during special operations.
The Browndale Fire Company’s
role in supporting police operations is to:
A. Provide special assets
and equipment managed by the fire company.
B. Provide fire suppression
C. Assist with hazardous
materials identification, containment and advice on disposal.
D. The Browndale Fire Company,
when assisting police, will not involve personnel in active danger areas.
Personnel and apparatus are to be staged in cleared or safe areas.
He responding fire officer
will report to the IC to determine what type of assistance they are to
provide. This can include equipment requests, safe staging areas determine
fire or explosive potentials and hazmat potentials.
1. Responding apparatus
responding to active police actions will stage in a safe staging area.
2. Equipment delivery such
as fans, ladders, SCBA’s forcible entry tools, etc. may be requested for
use in police operations. The fire company role is to deliver the equipment
to a safe staging area near the incident and instruct law enforcement officers
in its use for deployment within the danger areas.
3. Hazmat response will
consist of fire personnel providing materials identification using the
“North American Emergency Response Guidebook” wit recommendations for safe
zones, hot zones, evacuation distances, etc. Also provide information to
contact hazardous materials clean-up teams.
4. Fire suppression will
only be done when law enforcement verify the area is secure and safe for
suppression to be done.
5. Communications will be
minimized to prevent citizens, news media and felons access to any police
agency tactical operations. Landline telephone communications or (if necessary)
cellular telephone be used.
6. The Browndale Fire Company
will not provide uniforms, bunker gear, apparatus or equipment to law enforcement
agencies, where the intent is to mislead a suspect into identifying a law
officer as a firefighter.
V. SUPERSEDED GUIDELINE
This is a new guideline
on this subject matter. It does not supersede any memo or guideline.