Standard Operating Procedure Fire Police Response to Incidents Purpose: To establish an orderly and safe guide to incident scenes for Fire Police. Some incidents are of a minor nature as they affect traffic, while others require rapid intervention with traffic to avoid secondary incidents. The effect on traffic may not related directly to the nature of the initial incident. Policy: It is the policy of <organization> to recognize that incidents impacting on traffic flow have the potential to cause unnecessary death and injury. All responses shall be done in an expeditious manner so as to minimize danger to the public. Upon arrival of personnel, conditions found at the incident site shall be communicated to all responding units the so other responders can plan for their most effective and best approach. Personal Vehicles Red Lights: One Captain and One Lieutenant are designated by the Vehicle Code to equip their privately-owned vehicle as an emergency vehicle. Such vehicle shall be equipped with one or more flashing or revolving red lights and a siren. The persons filling these positions shall have completed an emergency vehicle operator’s course (EVOC), and the lights and siren shall be inspected by <identify, usually a police department>. Blue Lights: Other Fire Police Officers are permitted to equip their personal vehicle with one or two blue lights or one blue lightbar. It is recommended that the officer have completed an EVOC. The light(s) shall be inspected by <identify>. <optional> Blue Lights may be activated only while the vehicle is stopped at incidents or when it is necessary to enter an otherwise-closed incident scene. Emergency Response Responses shall be made in an emergency mode unless otherwise specified by this SOP. Members shall comply with Vehicle Code provisions governing response privileges. Non-Emergency Response Given the minimal impact to traffic flow in certain situations, the following calls shall initially be responded to in a non-emergency mode: Automatic Fire Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm, Water Flow Alarm, Brush Fire, “Investigation”, and “Stand-by” calls Size Up Once a proper person arrives and conducts a size-up, the size-up will state whether emergent traffic control is needed. The response mode will be upgraded or downgraded as necessary.
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