Cancer is an important and emerging issue in today’s fire service. The number of firefighters being diagnosed with cancer is on the rise and studies show there are steps that can be taken to reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens that are present in the modern environment which are known to cause cancer. This procedure will outline steps that firefighters shall take to reduce the impacts of carcinogens in the station and on the fire scenes.
Department of Public Safety
Continuity of Operations
Dispatch / Radio Operations
Start Date: December 1, 2020
The purpose of this directive is to establish procedures for the Continuity of Operations: Dispatch/Radio Plan (COOP: DRO). It is further intended to provide operational procedures and guidance during times when normal dispatch / radio operations are substantially delayed or unavailable. Such conditions include but are not limited to: weather or other events that cause operational overloads, radio system outages, site trunking / Failsoft, CAD system outages and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Revised September 2, 2009
To develop Standard Minimum response criteria that will be comprised of both the minimum levels of manpower and apparatus that would be sent to all confirmed working structural fires throughout Burlington County. That Standard is ultimately designed to enhance the safety of fire department personnel, while also improving the efficiency of operations, providing the Incident Commander with a guaranteed quantity of critical resources on each alarm. To accomplish this, when necessary, a regionalized approach comprised of automatic aid from contiguous departments & communities, Grouped Task Forces, and / or Strike Teams will be utilized. All of which have been selected and identified by the local department, or by the Chief County Fire Coordinator.
Adopted June, 2006 – Revised March 12, 2008
Purpose and Intent
- The purpose is to aid Fire Chiefs in the Pinelands area to develop six (6) WUI alarm assignments for their area by establishing a common framework throughout the County. Alarm assignments should consist of six or seven pieces of apparatus per alarm. In some cases, the alarm size could change due to the population in their area.
- Backfilling of apparatus committed to the WUI shall be accomplished by the use of a Regional Cover assignment, utilizing established taskforces for this purpose.
Revised June 14, 2006
Revised of 8/10/2016
Purpose and Intent
- A fire officer undertakes the responsibility of protecting lives and property in their community. It is the intent of the Tender Task Force (TTF) Guidelines to make the job as easy as possible.
- When the TTF is requested, their job is to deliver a minimum of 1000 gallons per minute (GPM) of water in the quickest and safest way possible by obeying all motor vehicle laws. It is very important that all apparatus in the operation be able to adapt with each other
- It is the intent of this document to identify the resources available for response to waterway emergencies and develop organized response teams (in the form of strike teams) for specific types of emergencies. Based on the size and capacity of the boats, several teams have been formulated to respond to rivers, creeks, lakes and streams. Resources for ice rescue and other special operations have also been identified.
- The identified strike teams will be included on every jurisdiction’s response grid. The strike team will be the preferred method of response when confirmation of a rescue and/or recovery has occurred, and after exhausting local mutual aid responses.
- The development of appropriate strike teams was completed to prevent the ‘stripping’ of resources within a small geographic area. In addition, two River strike teams have been developed which allows for an organized relief team to be dispatched when necessary. In this manner, it is anticipated that the individual team members will practice and work together to become efficient in their operations.
- The purpose of this guideline is to establish a guideline for securing resources for response to incidents requiring a technical rescue capability. Burlington County has limited technical rescue capability within the county and may require mutual aid to bring these types of incidents to a successful conclusion.
The purpose of this guideline is to establish Strike Team/Task Force Leaders to be used for both in and out of county responses.
This guideline will provide a basic experience and educational requirements to serve as a Strike Team/ Task Force Leader.
- The purpose of this guideline is to establish “Regional Task Forces” capable of handling a wide variety of incidents. These task forces are design so that moving them will not deplete their region causing a need to recover.
- The plan will allow for these task forces to be moved from one region to another area where resources have been depleted because of a catastrophic emergency.
- The plan will also enable Burlington County to move task forces when requested into other counties when they have depleted their resources.
Category: Engine Company
This is an apparatus which meets the criteria for NIMS Type 1 engine for equipment and staffing and other county guidelines as may be specified by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association. Specialized added capabilities are in addition to the minimum requirements and are listed in the sub categories as defined.
“Engine” is a fire apparatus with a permanently mounted fire pump of at least 1000 gpm in capacity, 300 gallon water tank, and hose body whose primary purpose is to combat structural and associated fires. The apparatus shall meet the equipment requirements set forth in NFPA 1901, Chapter 5. Minimum staffing should be four (4) certified firefighters. Three should be interior qualified and in conformance with PEOSHA standards for SCBA. One of these three must be IMS level 1 certified. The driver must be NJ Firefighter 1 certified. Radio Designator is – “ENGINE” EXAMPLE: “Engine 1611”
“Squirt” is a fire apparatus that has meet all requirements of basic engine and is equipped with an elevated master-stream device. The device may be articulating or non-articulating. Radio Designator is – “SQUIRT” EXAMPLE: “Squirt 3133”
“Quint” is a fire apparatus that has meet all requirements of basic engine and is equipped with an aerial ladder with a permanently mounted waterway, and an engine complement of ground ladders. The apparatus shall meet the equipment requirements set forth in NFPA 1901, 3.3. Radio Designator is – “QUINT” EXAMPLE: “Quint 3614”
“Tender engine” is an apparatus which meets the criteria for NIMS Type 1 engine and other county guidelines as specified by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association. It also meets the criteria for Tender as defined in this document.
Minimum staffing will conform to a basic engine. Radio Designator is – “TENDER ENGINE” EXAMPLE: “Tender Engine 1314”
“Mini-Pumper” is a fire apparatus with a permanently mounted fire pump of at least 250 gpm in capacity and 200 gallon water tank whose primary purpose is to function as an initial attack fire apparatus. The apparatus shall meet the equipment requirements set forth in NFPA 1901, Chapter 6. This apparatus does not conform to the basic engine requirements. Minimum staffing is two one of which must be IMS Level 1 certified. Radio Designator is – “Mini-Pumper”” EXAMPLE: “Mini-pumper 4317”
“Brush” is a four wheel drive fire apparatus with a fire pump of at least 100 gpm in capacity, 200 gallon water tank and meets a NIMS Type VI engine and NFPA 1906. The primary function is to combat field and brush fires. It does not meet basic engine requirements. Minimum staffing is two one of which must be IMS Level 1 certified. Radio Designator is – “BRUSH” EXAMPLE: “Brush 2237”
Category: Ladder Company
This is an apparatus which meets the NIMS type 1 criterion for an aerial device and other county guidelines as specified by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association.
“Ladder” is a fire apparatus with a turntable-mounted, power-operated ladder of two or more sections permanently attached to the vehicle. This apparatus is designed and equipped to provide a continuous egress route from an elevated position to the ground, equipped to support fire fighting and rescue operations and capable of discharging water at or from an elevated position. It may be straight body or tractor drawn articulating. The minimum compliment of ground ladders is 115 feet of total length. Minimum staffing should be four (4) certified firefighters. Three should be interior certified and in conformance with PEOSHA standards for SCBA. One must be IMS level 1 certified. Radio Designator is – “LADDER” EXAMPLE: “Ladder 5015”
A “Tower” meets all of the requirements for a basic ladder. In addition it has a basket/bucket capable of holding two or more fully equipped fire fighters suspended from the end of the fly section of the ladder. The apparatus shall meet the equipment requirements set forth in NFPA 1901, Chapter 8. Radio Designator is – “TOWER” EXAMPLE: “Tower 3635”
Category: Rescue Company
“Rescue” is a fire apparatus that will be determined by the agencies requirements and policies and defined but not titled as in NFPA 1901, 3.3.153, “Special Services Fire Apparatus, a multipurpose vehicle that primarily provides support services at emergency scenes”. The Apparatus will have a compliment of equipment which will include a hydraulic spreader, a hydraulic cutter, metal displacement equipment and a compliment of air bags (or other devices) combined with sufficient cribbing to perform lifting of heavy equipment, machinery and vehicles Minimum staffing will be the same as the Basic Engine. Radio Designator is – “RESCUE” EXAMPLE: “Rescue 2329”
“Rescue Engine” is an apparatus which meets the criteria for NIMS Type 1 engine and other county guidelines as specified by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association. It also meets the requirements of a Rescue defined above. Minimum staffing will conform to a basic engine. Radio Designator is – “RESCUE ENGINE” EXAMPLE: “Rescue Engine 1712”
Category: Special Operations and Companies
“Tender” is a mobile water supply apparatus equipped with a water tank that meets the requirements of NFPA 1901, Chapter 19 and has a minimum certified capacity of 2000 gal, whose primary purpose is to function as a mobile water supply apparatus. This apparatus must be equipped with at least one rear dump and two direct tank refills that are 2 ½” or greater.
Minimum staffing should be two one of which must be IMS Level 1 certified. Radio Designator is – “TENDER” EXAMPLE: “Tender 2516”
“Cascade” is a fire apparatus whose primary function is to refill low and high pressure SCBA bottles.
“Light Truck” is a fire apparatus whose primary function is to provide incident scene lighting and power
“Utility” is a fire apparatus whose primary function is to provide basic and specialized tools and equipment to an incident.
“Fire Police” is a fire department/company sanctioned vehicle that is equipped with traffic control equipment and whose primary function will be to direct traffic.
All special service units will use a radio designator for the service assignment requested and to which the unit is responding.
It is the intent of this document to meet the requirements as set forth by N.J.A.C. 5:75-2.9 The NJ Department of Community Affairs, Fire Service Incident Management System Regulation, Medical Unit / Responder Rehabilitation.). This will be accomplished by utilizing the:
- The Burlington County Incident Rehabilitation Guidelines. This guideline follows the State Guideline, but is specific to Burlington County.”
- State of New Jersey, Statewide Incident Rehabilitation Guidelines. (State Guideline)
All fire service operational personnel and other first responders working at the scene of emergency incidents and training events that are subjected to harmful and potentially life threatening stressors while working at the scene of an emergency incident or training evolution.
“The Burlington County Incident Rehabilitation guideline will be utilized based on the specific rehabilitation related resources available in Burlington County.”
It is strongly recommended that all Burlington County Fire Departments enter into a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) with their primary EMS agency providing incident rehabilitation services as presented in the State guideline.
Incident commanders shall ensure that the physical or mental condition of first responders operating at the scene of an emergency does not deteriorate to a point where it affects the safety of each member, or jeopardizes the safety and integrity of the operation.
All Incident Commanders shall put in place a process to maintain situational awareness of the condition of each company/ unit operating within their span of control to ensure that appropriate steps are being taken to provide for each responders health and safety.
The goal of REHAB is to return firefighters to available status as quickly as possible while not disregarding the need to identify and hold firefighters for further treatment to avoid or reduce further aggravation of an existing condition or injury.
The Incident Commander shall utilize or request relief and/or reassignment (rehabilitation) for any potentially fatigued responders that can be reasonably anticipated.
Fire Officers operating at the incident must maintain situational awareness about not only their own condition but to those who they are responsible and those around them.
The EMS agency having jurisdiction at the scene of such incidents shall be instructed by the Incident Commander to set up a rehabilitation area to provide screening and direct rehabilitation services as necessary and will provide the REHAB Officer with the point of contact to whom they will report within the IMS structure established for the incident.
The REHAB Officer shall interact with the Incident Commander as to the size and complexity of the rehabilitation resources required.
Whenever firefighters are processed through “REHAB” and either require additional down time or are transported to a healthcare facility, the Incident Commander shall be promptly notified.
Copies of all documentation from the REHAB operation shall be forwarded to the Incident Commander at the conclusion of REHAB operations.
This Guideline is adopted by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association on May 11, 2011.