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                                     Policies and Guidelines

                  1.    Mission and Value Statement                 4000
                  2.    Minimum Requirements for Fire Fighters      4001
                  3.    Application Process for Membership          4002
                  4.    Chain of Command                            4003
                  5.    Organizational Structure                    4004
                  6.    Rules of Conduct                            4005
                  7.    Fire Chief Obligations / Responsibilities   4006
                  8.    Driving Apparatus and POV’s                 4007
                  9.    Insurance Coverage                          4008
                  10.   Patients Privacy                            4009
                  11.   Emergency Lights and P.O.V.’s               4010
                  12.   Issued Equipment                            4011
                  13.   Training Instructors and Program            4012
                  14.   Training and Continueing Education          4013
                  15.   Responding to Incidents                     4014
                  16.   Types of Memberships                        4015
                  17.   Incentive Program                           4016
                  18.   Bereavement Offerings                       4017
                  19.   Uniforms                                    4018
                  20.   Annual Awards and Recognition               4019
                  21.   Media Relations                             4020
                  22.   SFFMA District and State Conventions        4021
                  23.   Junior FireFighter Program                  4022
                  24.   Participation Program                       4023
                  25.   Purchases and Finances                      4024
                  26.   Additional Riders                           4025
                  27.   NIMS Adoption and Implementation            4026
                  28.   Infectious Control Program                  4027


                                     Policies and Guidelines

               29.      Operational Administrative Coordinators                 4102
               30.      Dispatch Procedures                                     4105
               31.      Duties for Fire Fighters                                4110
               32.      New Firefighter Timeline                                4111
               33.      Lieutenant duties                                       4112
               34.      Incident Critique                                       4115
               35.      Incident Management System                              4300
               36.      Firefighter Emergency Evacuation of Building            4301
               37.      Mutual aid Responses                                    4302
               38.      Personnel Response to Incidents                         4303
               39.      Apparatus Response to Incidents                         4304
               40.      Operation of Vehicles                                   4305
               41.      Search and Rescue                                       4309
               42.      S.C.B.A.’s                                              4310
               43.      Fire Control                                            4311
               44.      B.S.T.I.                                                4320
               45.      Personnel Accountability System                         4322
               46.      Fire Stream management                                  4324
               47.      Incident Safety                                         4326
               48.      Water Supply Operations                                 4361
               49.      Response to Haz-Mat, Terrorist, WMD incidents           4362
               50.      Atmosphere Monitoring / Metering                        4364
               51.      Qualifications for Emergency Medical First Responders   4400
               52.      Response to EMS Incidents                               4402
               53.      Standards of Emergency Medical Care                     4403
               54.      Patient Care Responsbility                              4406
               55.      Cancelling the Responding Ambulance                     4407
               56.      Safety of EMS Staff                                     4409
               57.      Trauma Bag Inventory                                    4412
               58.      Replacement of EMS Supplies                             4417
               59.      Juvenile Death, Injury and Illness                      4420
               60.      Personal Protective Equipment                           4430
               61.      SCBA Maintenance                                        4502
               62.      Mass Casualty Incident                                  4525
               63.      Inspection of Apparatus and Equipment                   4600
               64.      Minimum Training for Recruit FireFighters               4700


                                                   MISSION AND VALUES STATEMENT

We, the members of Brazos County Precinct 4 Volunteer Fire Department, are committed to assuring our community of a safe and secure
environment. We will accomplish this by maintaining the highest state of readiness, dedication and compassion in order to reduce the
emotional, physical, and economic losses resulting from fire, natural disasters, emergency medical incidents, ………. This is reflected in our
mission statement:

―Professionalism, Dedication, True to protecting Your Life and Property through Training and Vigilance‖

It is the responsibility of each member to support the mission statement by following these values:

         1.       Be proud of who you are.
         2.       Excel through training and education
         3.       Professionalism is a state of mind.
         4.       Respect others
         5.       Practice professionalism through teamwork
         6.       Recognize that the community is the reason we are here.
         7.       Value the faith and trust of the Community.
         8.       Confidence through attitude, conduct and accomplishments.
         9.       Lives are more important than property.
         10.      The health and safety of the public is always first in our minds.
         11.      All our citizens are entitled to our best efforts.
         12.      The publics Safety Depends on OUR safety.

                                                             Know it, Live it, Do it!


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT: Minimum Requirements for Firefighters
POLICY #: A-4001
ORIGINATION DATE:   January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:      January 01, 2006

PURPOSE:       To establish the minimum requirements for all firefighters and officers within the Fire Department. For
               the safety and well –being of all.

All firefighters on the Active Roster will:

   1.     Reside in Brazos or Adjoining Counties
   2.     Be a citizen of the U.S., Legal Work or School Visa
   3.     At least 18 years of age
   4.     Have high school diploma or g.e.d.
   5.     Have a valid Texas Drivers License.
   6.     To gain and maintain a class B exempt Texas Drivers License, immediately upon joining the Department
   7.     Read and write the English language with good verbal skills.
   8.     Have No felony or DWI convictions within last three years.
   9.     Not a habitual violator of the law.
   10.    Good moral character.
   11.    Dependable and Trustworthy.
   12.    Good physical condition and able to perform duties of firefighters as detailed by fire chief.
   13.    Maintain an annual combined participation percentage of at least 25%.
   14.    Expected to attend all Department training & work sessions, business meetings, respond to all appropriate
          incidents. and help maintain all fire station, fire trucks and equipment.
   15.    Be certified at a Minimum, as a Emergency Care Attendant with Texas Dept. of Health and maintain that
          certification. Within 18-months of joining.
   16.    Attend at least (1) ESD #4 Meeting Annually.

All Officers will:

   1.    Maintain firefighter qualifications.
   2.    Be Accredited Basic firefighter with SFFMA.
   3.    Be Level I or II instructor with SFFMA.
   4.    Maintain at least 35% Monthly Combined participation.
   5.    Set an example for rest of Department
   6.    Be a leader
   7.    Help teach training sessions
   8.    Attend at least half of business and training sessions.
   9.    Attend SFFMA certification class every three years


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Application Process for Membership
POLICY #:                    A-4002
ORIGINATION DATE:            October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:               2007-


           1. The Fire Chief is responsible for establishing firefighter qualifications, firefighter application process,
              Firefighter annual requirements.
           2. An application may be picked up from any Pct.4 member or downloaded from our website.
           3. All applicants must complete the application and fingerprint card. These items along with attachments
              must be submitted to Fire Chief. Included will be a 25.00 processing fee payable to Pct.4. This fee will
              be our direct cost of conducting both a criminal background and driving check.
           4. No application will be voted on by membership until the background is complete. This vote is the final
              step in the application process.
           5. During the time that background check is being conducted:
                  a. No firefighter duties performed
                  b. No Training
                  c. Applicant may come by and visit or observe training classes only.
           6. Before the vote by Membership:
                  a. No official meeting between membership committee or Fire Chief and the applicant can take
                      place prior to receiving the both the criminal history and driving checks.
                  b. Applicant will meet with membership committee made up of officers and firefighters. A
                      recommendation for approval must be given by membership committee.
                  c. Applicant will meet with Fire Chief for final hiring approval.
                  d. Both these events must take place prior to vote by membership and both events must
                      recommend hiring new applicant.
                  e. NO Application will move forward until both the Membership Committee and Fire Chief agree
                      on to Accept or Deny the hiring of applicant.
           7. The vote by the membership should be only an approval of the recommendation of the membership
              committee and Fire Chief.
           8. Any false information provided during the application process will be grounds for automatic expulsion
              from Department by Fire Chief.


   1. A support member is defined as someone who sends a donation annually. No
         application is required only their name and address. This information is kept on file with the department.
   2. Auxiliary membership requires that a form be completed and placed on file. No
         voting is permitted and required participation and dues must be met. (The Ladies Auxiliary is a separate
         organization for Firefighter spouses.)


                                      BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                         Chain of Command / Roster
POLICY #:                        A-4003
ORIGINATION DATE:                January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:                   January 01, 2006
   1.  The Chain of Command will be:
            a. Fire Chief (1)                                            (401)                     White helmet
            b. Assistant Fire Chief (2)                                  (402) & (403)             White helmet
            c. Lieutenants (4)                                           (404 - 419)               Red helmets
            d. Firefighters                                              (460 - 499)
                               (1)      Level II Firefighters            (460 - 469)               Black helmets
                               (2)      Level I Firefighters             (470 - 479)               Black helmets
                               (3)      Recruit Firefighters             (480 - 499)               Yellow helmets
                               (4)      Junior Firefighters
   2. The Fire Chief is ultimately responsible.
            a. Primary role will be Administrative.
            b. There will be no participation obligation to respond to incidents or attend training.
            c. When a incident response is made, primary role will be safety officer.
            d. The exception would be; mass casualty, multi agencies, inter-jurisdictional, EMS, Staffing, etc. type incidents.
   3. The Two Assistance Chief will have direct authority to run Day-Day Operations. This will include, but not limited to; training,
       stations, equipment and truck maintenance, and incident responses.
            a. State Highway 21 will be the dividing line.
                       i. (402) will be responsible for everything North of this line
                      ii. (403) will be responsible for everything South of this Line
                     iii. Efforts will be coordinated and communication is critical.
   4. There will be (1) of the (4) Lieutenants designated as the most Senior Lieutenant.
            a. This Lieutenant Will Not be assigned to a particular station.
            b. This Lieutenant will be in charge of ALL Stations and Lieutenants.
            c. This Lieutenant will report directly to the Assistant Chiefs
   5. Each Fire Station will be assigned a Lieutenant.
            a. Each Lieutenant will be responsible for everything that goes on at that Station. To include equipment, apparatus, and
            b. Each station Lieutenant will report to the Senior Lieutenant and/or Assistant Chief.
            c. They will perform as directed
   6. Each Firefighter will be assigned to a Specific Fire Station
            a. Each firefighter will report directly to that Lieutenant.
            b. Boundaries for assignment will be as follows:
                       i. Station Three-Villa Maria Road and everything South
                      ii. Station Two- Sandy Point Road and Everything North and East.
                     iii. Station One-Everything Else.
   7. Everything will go up the Chain of Command and Down when possible.
            a. Chain may be by-passed in special circumstances that relate to your supervisor.
   8. All Operation Personnel will be placed in a position of the Chain of Command; They will be assigned a radio designation. This will be
       reviewed annually and new roster issued each January.
   9. All Operational Personnel will use the Chain of Command and follow the orders of their ranking officer or firefighter.
   10. Enforcement of Policy and Procedures will be responsibility of ALL Officers respectively.
   11. Insubordination will not be tolerated and be grounds for suspension or dismissal from Department.
   12. The Dorm Lease agreement compliance are specifically managed by that particular Station Lieutenant. Ultimately the Fire Chief will
       be responsible for all aspects of the Lease Agreement.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Organizational Structure
POLICY #:                    A-4004
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:               Revised January 01, 2006

   1. The Departments Constitution and By-Laws will be the ultimate rule with regard to the organizational structure
      and operations.

   2. The Department is Basically divided into Two (2) Divisions.
         a. Administrative
         b. Operational

   3. The President will run and oversee the administrative function of the Department.

   4. The Fire Chief will run and oversee the Operational functions of the Department.

   5. Brazos County Pct.4 Fire Department and the Executive Board, without a doubt, recognize that OUR Volunteer
      Firefighters are our Greatest Asset.

   Undoubtedly without the extraordinary dedication and sacrifice these Brave individuals make, we CAN NOT
   provide the high level of emergency services to the citizens of this community.

       It is for this reason we promise:
             To do our best to reduce the personal out of pocket expense to you, while responding to incidents,
                attending training and meetings, and other things in order to promote and enhance the emergency service
                we provide.
             To support and encourage your personal & career goals.
             For every firefighter to have the access and to make available, our facilities and resources to support
                your personal and career goals without compromising the service we provide.
             To encourage Each of you to use and spend time at our facilities.

     Without doubt by supporting you and your goals, We will provide a better and         efficient service to this


                                BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                   Rules of Conduct
POLICY #:                  A-4005
ORIGINATION DATE:          January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:             January 01, 2006

   1.    No Department personnel shall attend any incident, training, or meeting while in a
            state of intoxication or impairment. Further more, No Department member will be allowed on the
            premises if in a state of intoxication or impairment.

   2.    There will absolutely be No alcohol consumed on the premises while any Training or Business
         meetings are being conducted.

   3.    Alcohol may be consumed on the premises during the following events:
          a. Annual Christmas, appreciation dinner
          b. Pumper race practices

   4.    All Department personnel will maintain a professional attitude and appearance while representing the
         department at, but not limited to, trainings, conventions, meetings, and incidents, in public, parades and at
         the fire stations. In addition, any time personnel don Precinct 4 apparel; they are representing the
         department and should act accordingly.

   5.    Any Department personnel violating these rules, may be suspended from further
            Department duties.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Fire Chief Obligations / Responsibilities
POLICY #:                    A-4006
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

   1. The fire chief will be accountable and responsible as detailed in the By-Laws and Constitution of the Fire

   2. The Fire Chief will be responsible for producing the following reports:
         a. Monthly fire activity report
         b. Monthly fire fighter participation report
         c. Maintain training records on each fire fighter and produce such reports when requested.
         d. Report Monthly to TexFirs and NFIRS.
         e. Annual fire Activity Report
         f. Annual fire fighter participation report
         g. Annual workers compensation reports
         h. Any other reports as requested by appropriate Agencies.

   3. The Fire chief will not be obligated or required to meet the participation requirements. These will be met with
      administrative hours worked. However the fire chief will still respond when needed due to staffing / response
      problems, or otherwise needed. These responses will not be tracked or maintained in participation records but
      will be documented on specific incident or training reports.

   4. In lieu of payment, the following will be provided:
           a. Cell Phone ( for administrative hours worked)
           b. One tank of gas weekly (for administrative hours worked)
           c. Annual Reimbursement will be that of actual participation as tracked by firefighters, with no minimum
           d. Documentation of Hours worked and mileage driven will be maintained and Filed Annually with the
              Department. (for administrative hours)


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Driving Apparatus and P.O.V.’s
POLICY #:                     A-4007
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006

1. In order to operate Department apparatus and POV’s code 3 ―emergency‖ the following criteria must be met.
            truck orientation form
            100-mile form on each vehicle
            no more than 3 violations in 2 years
            Minimum 6 classroom hours of emergency/defensive driving.
            Class B exempt license Drivers License
            P.O.V. inspection form
            Level I firefighter status, ―470‖ status and greater
            Watch 2005 Pierce Pump and relief valve videos
            Watch videos on 1992 Ferrara / GMC Pumper

2. Those fire fighters who fail to meet the requirements will not be able to drive Department apparatus or respond
   code three in p.o.v., they will be limited to responding code one to the station in their own vehicle.

3. The following is a summary of annual requirements that must be met;
           complete 4 hours of classroom emergency/defensive driving
           complete 4 hours practical driving skills
           complete 2 hours of apparatus orientation
           demonstrate safe vehicle operation
           must pass a vehicle driving road test
           must be approved by fire chief and training coordinator
           must not have more than three moving violations in two years and no DWI convictions.

4. All new firefighters/applicants will complete an orientation of each truck to include: specific of vehicle, the pump,
   the equipment and 15 miles supervised driving. The appropriate form must be completed.

5. After the truck orientation is completed and the firefighter is approved by the fire chief, a ―100-mile‖ form must be
   completed on each department vehicle. This will be done at the firefighters schedule on a self study format


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Insurance and Disability Coverage
POLICY #:                    A-4008
ORIGINATION DATE:            October 01, 1999
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

I.     Types:
              A.      Workers Compensation
              B.      Supplemental Accident and Disability
              C.      Automobile Liability and Collision
II.    Workers Compensation
              A.      Covers all injuries and exposures sustained while performing duties in Department
                      1.      incidents
                      2.      training
                      3.      work sessions
                      4.      meetings
              B.      All injuries and accidents must be reported to fire chief immediately and first injury report form
                      completed within 24 hours.
              C.      Appropriate Dept insurance information must be given to Medical Facility.
              D.      For Workers Compensation issues dealing with this department, remember that Brazos County
                      Pct. 4 VFD is your employer
                      (do not give regular job info or personal insurance info., only your address)
              E.      Covers 100% cost of injury treatment
              F.      Small disability coverage
III.   Supplemental Accident and Disability
              A.     This has small injury treatment coverage and larger disability Coverage
IV.    Auto Liability and Comprehension
              A.      Completely covered while driving apparatus
                      1.      must be released by chief to drive apparatus
                      2.      negligence and due regard still apply
              B.      Minimal coverage for private owned vehicles that respond.
                      1.      personal insurance primary
                      2.      department insurance secondary
                      3.      coverage from when you leave incident to first destination

All vehicle accidents will be reported to the Fire Chief within 24 hours. At time of accident first attempt to
notify Fire Chief, then President, then use Chain of Command until contact is made. Once notified the officer
will make an immediate inspection of damage to vehicle and/or property.

Prior to moving any vehicles or before any attempt is made to fix a problem/damage, the incident should be thoroughly
documented with Pictures.


                                    BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                        Patient’s Privacy
POLICY #:                       A- 4009
ORIGINATION DATE:               January 01, 2004                                             Page 1 of 2
REVISION DATE:                  January 01, 2006


         Precinct 4 is committed to protecting the privacy of patient’s protected health information in accordance with
         federal and state regulations consistent with the delivery of a quality Precinct 4 Fire Department, effective
         management of health care operations, and payment of covered health care services.


         These Policies and Procedures are for purpose of complying with HIPAA Privacy Regulations. These Policies
         and Procedures are to be read in conjunction with existing clinical processes and procedures.


         Protected health information (―PHI‖) is any individually identifiable health information that is transmitted or
         maintained in any form, including demographic information collected from an individual, and:

         A.     Is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, employer, or health care clearinghouse; and

         B.     Relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the
                provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of
                health care to an individual; and

                1.      That identifies the individual; or

                 2.      With respect to which there is a reasonable basis to believe the information can be used to
                         identify the individual.


         A.     The Privacy Officer for the Precinct 4 Fire Department is the Fire Chief.

         B.     The Privacy Officer has overall responsibility for administering the policies and procedures to assure
                compliance with the Privacy Regulations. Additionally, the Privacy Officer is the designated authority
                to receive and process: (i) complaints, (ii) requests for copies of PHI, (iii) requests for communications
                by alternative means or alternative locations (confidential communications), (iv) subpoenas and other
                requests from judicial authorities, and (v) other correspondence and matters related to the privacy of



                      Patient’s Privacy                                           Page 2 of 2

      C.    Complaint Filing Procedures

            The Privacy Officer is designated to receive complaints filed with the Precinct 4 Fire Department
            regarding the Precinct 4 Fire Department’s policies and procedures and its compliance with those
            policies and procedures. Complaints must be filed in writing and directed to the Privacy Officer. The
            writing must contain a description of the complaint and an explanation of the circumstances surrounding
            the complaint. The Precinct 4 Fire Department is not required to respond to complaints, but the Privacy
            Officer shall be responsible for documenting receipt of a complaint and any resolution. A complaint
            form is attached hereto as Attachment A.

      D.    The Precinct 4 Fire Department generally uses and discloses PHI only in furtherance of providing the
            medical benefits mandated by relevant Texas State law. The Precinct 4 Fire Department uses and
            discloses the PHI for purposes of treatment, for health care operations, to process requests for payment,
            to create and respond to eligibility and benefit inquiries with payers and other providers, and for other
            reasons related to the operation of the Precinct 4 Fire Department

      E.    The Precinct 4 Fire Department discloses PHI pursuant to Texas State law to various agencies of state
            government. The Precinct 4 Fire Department may disclose PHI to various health care providers for
            purposes of treatment and/or payment, for services to department patients, or in furtherance of disease


      A.   Employees should conduct conversations concerning PHI in a manner that limits the risk of inadvertent
           disclosure of PHI through casual overhearing. Some conversations because of the sensitive nature of the
           PHI or concerns by the patient of inadvertent disclosure may only be possible in a private office or other
           private location. However, it is understood that treatment is often rendered under emergency
           conditions and the mandate of rendering emergency treatment may supersede other communication

      B.   Personnel initiating a call concerning PHI should be aware of the surroundings of the call recipient.
           Inquiry may need to be made as to whether the recipient can converse without significant danger of PHI
           being inadvertently disclosed to individuals in the immediate area of the call recipient.

      C.   When department patients initiate discussion of PHI with department personnel, the department personnel
           shall be cognizant of the potential for inadvertent disclosure of PHI when discussion takes place in
           reception or common areas of offices. Department personnel shall move appropriate conversations to
           offices or other quieter locations that reduce the potential for inadvertent disclosure.


      A.    Policy:

            All personnel shall be trained in the requirements of protecting, using and disclosing PHI.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Emergency Lights on POV’s
POLICY #:                   A- 4010
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006

1.    Only Approved personnel may respond Code 3 in their Personal Vehicle to Incidents.
      The criteria for Approval is:
              a.      Permanent mounted Light bar on top of vehicle with at least:
                                   4 Rotating Lights / Strobes (or)
                                   2 Rotating Lights / Strobes and at least 4 Strobe light insets for inside Parking
                                     Lights. 2 Strobe inserts for front and 2 for the Rear. Will be inserted in ―corner‖
                                     light assemblies.
              b.      Permanent mounted commercial siren, minimum of 100 watt siren. Mounted in grill or front
              c.      Personal insurance to include; liability, comprehensive and collision
              d.      Minimum age is 25
              e.      Minimum years in Department is 3 years
              f.      Class B exempt driver license
              f.      No more than three moving violation in last two years
              h.      SFFMA Accredited as Basic Fire Fighter
              i.      Approved form completed by Fire Chief

      Any change in Driving Record MUST be reported to Fire Chief Immediately.

2.    Criteria for responding emergency traffic in POV.
              a.      Dispatched to Emergency Incident
              b.      Response under Auto or Mutual aid Agreement

3.    Criteria for Not responding emergency traffic in POV.
              a.     Incidents where a Emergency does not exist
              b.     Through ―rush hour‖ traffic in middle of Bryan / College Station
                                 To clarify. No one is approved to respond emergency traffic in their p.o.v. in
                                    dangerous high traffic situation that exist in an area like University drive and
                                    Texas avenue, WJB and Texas, Texas avenue and Villa Maria.


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Issued Equipment and Supplies
POLICY #:                     A-4011
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006

All supplies needed to perform your duties; responsibilities or obligations within the Department shall be supplied by
       the Department. Under certain circumstances some participation requirements must be met prior to this
       issuance. Some of the equipment that may be issued is:
               a.     Complete of set of structural and wild land gear
               b.     Emergency alert fire pager
               c.     EMS equipment
               d.     Alpha numeric pager
               e.     Radios

Any member whose name has been dropped from the active firefighter, active support or auxiliary member roster, shall
      upon request by the Fire Chief return all property belonging to the Department back to the Department. This
      equipment and supplies shall be returned to the Fire Chief.

A Current and accurate Equipment issued form will be kept on file. Any time issued equipment is reissued a new form
      must be signed.

Priority for issuing two-way radios:
                 First Responders

Only Active Firefighters will be permitted to have and use Radios.

Firefighter may purchase their own radios and with approval of Fire Chief use them.

ONLY those Department personnel approved by the Chief may have two-way radios, regardless if they are issued or
    purchased by the individual.

ALL issued equipment must be WELL-KEPT. This includes out of the weather and inside vehicle or inside a tool box.
      UNDER NO circumstances will it be acceptable to keep this equipment in Bed of Pick-up truck. If you can not
      meet this standard, then you will keep your gear/equipment at your assigned fire station and respond to that
      station and pick it up during an incident. You will not be allowed to have someone else bring your gear to you.

It is YOUR responsibility to maintain and care for this equipment appropriately, including keeping bunker gear

10.    Regular inspections WILL be made to monitor compliance.


                                       BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                         Instructors and Program
POLICY #:                        A-4012
ORIGINATION DATE:                January 01, 2006

   1.    The Department actively participates in the State Fireman’s and Fire Marshall’s Association training program.

   2.    The Department will focus and place priority on Basic SFFMA Certification.

   3.    Any Intermediate/Advance hours will be taught outside of Regular scheduled training nights, or after the regular basic training for
         that night has been taught

   4.    All Department instructors will be certified at the level they are teaching. The minimum certification for any instructor will be
         Accredited Basic Certification.

   5.    Instructors will only instruct at their certification level.

   6.    All Instructors, All Officers will attend the SFFMA certification workshop at least once every three years.

   7.    Our training program will conform strictly to the SFFMA criteria.

   8.    All Training classes will either have a written evaluation or a documented practical evaluation on each student.

   9.    Training program will objective based not hourly based. Hours taught corresponding to objective will be documented.

   10.   Performance documents available on SFFMA website.

   11.   Level I instructor, teach in our Department only

   12.   Level II instructor may teach for SFFMA credit anywhere in State.

   13.   Instructors will sign the student roster and will get credit for the class.

   14.   Resources:

         1.       SFFMA
         2.       National Volunteer Fire Council

   15.   Accredited advance SFFMA certification will allow you to test Texas Comm. On Fire Protection Career Certification.

   16.   We will not use fire ground operations for training. Except:

         1.       During mop up operations, you may take the recruits and safely provide some hands on operation training.
         2.       Recruits do not participate in any offensive operations.

                                     BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                       Training and Continuing Education
POLICY #:                      A-4013
ORIGINATION DATE:              October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:                 January 01, 2006

   1.    The Department actively participates in the State Fireman’s and Fire Marshall’s Association training program.
   2.    All Firefighters in the Department will be accredited at the Basic Firefighter level.
   3.    The Department will pay the cost of all State dues and fees associated with this program for all firefighters who meet the minimum
         participation requirement.
   4.    Any and all certifications offered by the SFFMA will qualify as approved training for this Department, and we will actively
         support this training.
   5.    Internally, training levels may be established that meet SFFMA, BCFA and NFPA guidelines.
   6.    We encourage each firefighter to attend all training and continuing education available.
   7.    We will pay for outside training as the budget allows and availability of grants.
   8.    Each firefighter is Responsible to meet the annual continuing education requirements for certifications as required by SFFMA,
         TCFP, NFPA, and TDH.
   9.    Associated cost will be paid as detailed in retention policy, as budget allows.
   10.   The basic philosophy of the Fire Department will be: Being a volunteer firefighter should not cost YOU anything. If you are
         willing to take off work at attend this training, than WE should pay for it. Provided it meets SFFMA criteria and the budget allows
         for it.
   11.   The Department will focus and place priority on Basic SFFMA Certification.
   12.   Any Intermediate/Advance hours will be taught outside of Regular scheduled training nights, or after the regular basic training for
         that night has been taught.
   13.   Training night routine: Teach basic hours scheduled, instructor in charge of getting any extra instructors they may need; Officers
         will coordinate activities for all stations that night; Those not in training, will work on any ongoing work projects; If no on going
         work projects you may return to individual stations for assigned work by your Lieutenant; Again, ALL activities on training
         night WILL be coordinated and approved by Each Station Lieutenant.
   14.   The Monthly Training Schedule will be as follows:
         1.        First Tuesday – Station One, Administration, OFFICERS
         2.        Second Tuesday – Open as needed.
         3.        Third Tuesday – Open as needed
         4.        Fourth Tuesday – Open as needed
         5.        Fifth Tuesday – Open as needed
         6.        Each Truck must be checked prior to start of training. All sessions will start no later than 7:30 p.m.
         7.        All Training request and coordination WILL go through Training Coordinator.
         8.        It is the instructor's responsibility to maintain integrity of each class.
         9.        To gain credit for training or credit for attending, participates MUST ―do something‖ either participate in training,
                   WORK on trucks, work at station, something. It is NOT acceptable to just sign in for credit and hang around!!
         10.       Until the Instructor in charge for that night says everything is done, it is not!
         11.       CREDIT, if you want credit for calls, training, meetings that are missed because of an excused absence. A form must be
                   completed with detailed information provided and given to Chief by the end of Each month. A separate form for Each
                   Day must be completed!
         12.       MAKE-UPS are available if you can not able make the scheduled training or meeting. It will require specific hours of
                   work or assignment to gain credit for the missed event. Send request to Fire Chief. Must be done same month!
         13.       ALL training sessions Rosters MUST be signed by a Lieutenant. Also applies to Credit only rosters.
   15.   There is a HIGH priority in getting the Recruits their required hours so that they can participate and respond.


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Responding to Incidents/Availability
POLICY #:                     A-4014
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006

1.    It shall be the policy of the Department that personnel who do not attend those
      training sessions, meetings, etc., as outlined below WILL NOT respond to any
      type of incidents which may occur within the scheduled time frame of such

      A. All personnel are required to attend Department business meetings

      B. All personnel are required to participate in any announced and scheduled
         work sessions. These sessions will be scheduled at least a week in advance
         and be announced the day before.

      C. All firefighters not certified as a basic firefighter through SFFMA, are
         required to attend all scheduled weekly training sessions.

      D. All firefighters certified as basic firefighters are required to attend all
         intermediate and advance training. Weekly scheduled training

      E. All firefighters certified as intermediate firefighters are required to attend all
         advance training classes. Weekly schedule training

      F. All Personnel are required to attend all medical training sessions, scheduled
         during weekly training sessions.

      G. Any training, work sessions, meetings, scheduled and announced as
         Mandatory, requires that All personnel ATTEND. This determination to be made by the Fire Chief.

      H. When you will be out of town for more than one-day (24 hours). You will
         notify the Fire Chief and all the other Firefighters by sending a alpha                   numeric all-
         page. Include in the text: your name, the dates and times that you will be out of town.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Types of Membership
POLICY #:                    A-4015
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006


1. There are (3) types of membership within the Department.

  A.    Firefighters
           a. responsible for operational aspect of organization
           b. must maintain 25% annual combined participation
           c. two consecutive months at zero percent will justify termination.(extenuating circumstances could apply)
           d. require majority vote of membership
           e. no restrictions on membership duties

  B.    Auxiliary firefighter membership
          a. responsible for support functions for firefighters
          b. must attend one business per quarter
          c. may participate in committees
          d. have no operational duties
          e. must maintain active auxiliary status

  C.    Support Membership
          a.    no participation requirements
          b.    no department duties or responsibilities
          c.    annual contributions / donations made

  D.    Junior Firefighter
          a.         see specific policy 4022.


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Incentive Program
POLICY #:                     A-4016
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 1999
REVISION DATE:                2007                           Page 1 of 2

1.     A. All percentages in this program are based on participation in incident
          responses, attendance to department business meetings, and attendance to
          weekly scheduled training sessions for firefighters. Waived for Fire Chief.
       B. This program starts at 30% participation.
       C. All products purchased under this program are the property of the department, unless otherwise stipulated.

2. Uniform Apparel:
      A. Each firefighter will be issued a dress uniform to include: uniform shirt,
            uniform pants, name tag, badge, appropriate patches and collar brass.
      B. Each firefighter will be issued one work tee shirt annually.
      C. In Addition, each percentage figure will be converted to a dollar figure, the
             starting point will be thirty dollars. Each firefighter eligible, will be allotted the appropriate amount of
             money, this money will be used for the purchase of approved uniform apparel. This will include items
             from an approved equipment and supplies catalog. The department will make an annual purchase of
             this apparel and take the orders from each participate.

3. Outside Training:
     A.      Must be NIMS compliant by completing:
                   1.    IS-700
                   2.    see list

       A.      Firefighters meeting this minimum requirement, may attend outside
               training, such as:
                       1.      Annual municipal fire school
                       2.      National Fire Academy
                       3.      Teex Classes
                       4.      College or Jr. College tuition Discounts (letter)
                       5.      SFFMA district and state Convention
       B.      Cost for attending outside training will be paid by the Department,
                       1.      Travel
                       2.      Lodging
                       3.      Tuition
                       4.      Meal per-diem of 15.00 per day


                                     Incentive Program                     Page 2 of 2

4. Issued Equipment:
       A. All firefighters on the roster will be issued the appropriate protective clothing
           and fire pager.
       B. Those who meet the minimum qualifications of 30% will be issued;
           alphanumeric pagers, hand-held radios and medical equipment as their
           certification allows.
       C. Emergency lights and sirens on personal vehicles.
              (1)     Minimum 30% participation required
              (2)     If the following criteria met, Department will purchase equipment and issue to firefighter.
                               a.     minimum three years active firefighter in Dept.
                               b.     meet department driving criteria
                               c.     appropriate vehicle ( chiefs discretion)
                               d.     class B exempt drivers license

5. Expense Reimbursement
      A Minimum 30% combined annual participation
      B. One year participation required
      C. Mileage / Vehicle expenses
            (1)    4.00 per incident response, scheduled department training sessions
                       and monthly business session attended.
            (2)    period to run from December thru November
            (3)    one time reimbursement payment made at December meeting.
      D. Personnel Living in Fire Station Dorms will be reimbursed at 1/3 of allotment.

6. Health and Safety
      A. Annual physicals (every two years)
      B. Immunizations
             (1)    DPT within last ten-years (diphtheria, pertoris, tetanus)
             (2)    MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
             (3)    PPD (t.b. skin test)
             (4)    HBV (hepatitis B vaccine)

7. Additional Benefits of membership in Department
     A. State approved fire and ems training
     B. State fire certification
     C. EMT and Paramedic training
     D. Workers compensation insurance
     E. Accident and Sickness coverage
     F. Death and Disability coverage (state and federal)
     G. (SFFMA benefits program)


                                     BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                        Bereavement Offerings
POLICY #:                       A-4017
ORIGINATION DATE:               January 01, 1998
REVISION DATE:                  January 01, 2006

1.       When a Active Firefighter, their immediate family or an active support member
          is injured or sick in such a way that requires a stay in the hospital, or in the event of their death. It shall be
         appropriate for the Department to send to the member/family, offerings such as: flowers, cards, etc, at a
         reasonable cost to the Department.
                  a. When a Department member is made aware of above situation, they                                 shall notify
the fire chief or president to coordinate such offerings.

2.     In the event of death or hospitalization of a extended family member of an Active
       Firefighter or Active Member. It shall be appropriate for department members to
        take up a collection and send to the member/family, offerings such as; flowers,
        cards, etc. in the name of the Department.
               a. Any member who is made aware of such situation shall notify fire                         chief or
president. The member is free to contact any other                             Department members, to solicit
donations to be sent.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Uniforms
POLICY #:                    A-4018
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1998
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006                             Page 1 of 3


   1. Authorized Uniform: Must be approved by the Fire Chief.
         a. Golf Shirt- Grey
         b. Pants - Dark Blue, Uniform style (purchased by Dept)
                 i. – Cargo/EMS style may be purchased by Firefighter
         c. Dress Shirts- uniform style. Navy blue for firefighters, White for chief officers

   2. Uniform Purchases and Replacement:
            a. firefighters may purchase any aspect of approved uniform dress code
            b. the Department will make purchases under the incentive program.

   3. Insignia Placement: all logo imprinting will be determined by Department, all
      insignia must match that created by the Department.

   4. Designated Work Uniform:
            a. approved golf shirt
            b. approved dark blue pants or shorts (uniform/cargo/ems)
            c. closed footwear, no open-toes shoes
            d. approved or authorized wind breaker or coat
            e. approved cap (optional)

   5. Designated Class B Uniform:
            a. approved white of blue uniform shirt
            b. approved dark blue uniform pants only
            c. approved black leather belt
            d. authorized black polishable boots or shoes
            e. approved wind breaker or coat
            f. approved badges, collar brass, name tags, etc.

    6. Designated Class A Uniform:
             a. approved white or blue uniform shirt
             b. approved dark blue uniform pants only
             c. approved black leather belt
             d. authorized black polishable boots or shoes
             e. approved uniform jacket
             f. approved tie
             g. plain black socks
             h. approved badges, collar brass, name tags, etc.

                                 Uniforms                  PAGE 2 OF 3

   7. Designated Situation Under Which To Wear Uniforms:
      A. Work Uniforms
              a. day to day operations
              b. response to incidents
              c. work sessions
              d. training
              e. assignments
      B. Class B Uniforms
              a. special occasions
              b. parades
              C. Class A Uniforms
              a. special occasions
              b. memorials
              c. dedications
   8. Insignia Placement:
      A. Right Breast Pocket


                          Uniforms   PAGE 3 OF 3
  B. Left Breast Pocket

  C. Collar Brass

                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Annual Awards and Recognition
POLICY #:                   A-4019
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 1998
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006


1.    The annual service and recognition awards will be given at the annual Firefighters appreciation dinner held in
      December of each year. Generally the appreciation dinner will be held the 2nd Saturday of December.

2.    Length of Service Awards:
             Firefighters and active support members, shall be recognized for their active years of service to the
             Department. This shall be at 5 year increments. They shall be given a plague detailing their

3.    Training Attendance:
             Those top (3) firefighters who have annually attended the greatest number
             of Department- held weekly training sessions on Tuesday nights, shall receive an award of the Chief’s

4.    Individual Incident Responses:
             Those top (3) firefighters who have annually responded to the greatest number of emergency incidents,
             shall receive an award of the Chiefs discretion.

5.    Firefighter of The Year:
              This award shall go the one individual who have achieved the greatest overall combined participation in
              department training, department business meetings, and incident responses. OR To the individual who
              has saved the live of another through their efforts in
              firefighting. (rescue from burning house, etc.)

     This individual shall receive a plague detailing their achievement, and have their name engraved on a name plate
     and added to the "firefighter of the year" plague at
     central fire station.


                                BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                   Media and Outside Correspondences
POLICY #:                   A- 4020
ORIGINATION DATE:          January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:             January 01, 2006

         1. The Fire Chief is the Custodian of ALL operational Records.

         2. The President is the Custodian of ALL Business / Administration Records.

         3. No information regarding operational or administrative matters will be released to any outside agency,
            entity, or individual without the direct approval of either the Fire Chief or President respectively.

         4. The Public Information Officer for incidents will be: The Fire Chief or The President. If neither of
            these are available, the I.C. may serve this role.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    SFFMA District and State Conventions
POLICY #:                   A-4021
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 1999
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006

   1.     The following personnel are strongly encouraged to attend the annual SFFMA State fire convention and the
          District fire conventions due to their position within the department and thereby having certain obligations
          as outlined by the State.
              a.       Fire Chief
              b.       President
              c.       Training Coordinator

   2.     This Department is very active in the SFFMA. This is the organization that represents us and brings all
             the volunteer fire departments from across the State together.

   3.     Officers and firefighters who have an annual combined participation of at least 35% may also attend at
          Departments expense.

   4.     Auxiliary members who are participating in the Texas Fireman’s auxiliary program as an approved
          Department representative may attend as funding allows.

   5.     All personnel attending the convention will meet the following guidelines:
              a.     Attend all business sessions during those days they are present
              b.     Participate in convention functions.
              c.     Maintain a professional attitude and appearance at all times.
              d.     Attend training sessions as required by state obligations and by the fire chief.
              e.     Encouraged to participate in all competitions and activities, be paid by the Department.

   6.     The Department will spend a maximum of $2,000.00 at State Convention. This will include but not
          limited to Hotel rooms, Meals and Travel. Double occupancy required!

   7.     The Department will spend a maximum of $500.00 at District Convention. This will include but not
          limited to Hotel rooms, Meals and Travel. Double occupancy required!

   8.     Each Person going to the State Convention will sign a letter of understanding detailing their obligations and
          rules of conduct while at the Convention.

   9.     The Department will require that anyone going to the District and State conventions who accept the
          funding allotment will participate fully and completely in the activities and representation. This means
          staying and participating from the opening session through the closing session.
                   a. This will require that you attend ALL business meetings.

   10.   Anyone participating on any Pumper Team representing this Department, will first be Selected from
         Firefighters who are qualified and who have a minimum of 35% participation Annually or for two
         consecutive months preceding the competition.
                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Junior Firefighter Program                 Page 1 of 3
POLICY #:                    A-4022
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2001
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

1.    Members shall consist of young men and women ages 15 – 17, proof of age required at time of application.

2.    A person desiring membership shall submit a membership application to the Department and follow same
      process as regular membership.

3.    A DPS background check drivers license check will be waived until full membership accepted at age 18, unless
      Junior firefighter has a driver’s license when they join the Department.

4.    New members of the organization will have a 6-month probation period. At the end of this period the
      participation records will be reviewed and if acceptable the member will become an active junior member in
      good standing.

5.    At the age of 18 and in good standing. The junior firefighter will automatically be accepted as firefighter
      membership in the Department. This is pending a DPS background and drivers license check as required by all
      new applicants.

6.    Junior Firefighters will have no voting privileges.

7.    Will use SFFMA training curriculum.

8.    The first and Second Tuesday of each month will be designated as Junior Firefighter night. Attendance is
      required. Other training nights are optional.

9.    All members must conform to and obey all rules and regulation of Department.

10.   All members shall conduct themselves in a professional manor, shall be in Department uniform while attending
      meetings and Department functions.

11.   Members, who do not attend meetings/training’s for four consecutive months, will be considered inactive.

12.   Inactive members will be contacted by Fire Chief and requested to return all equipment and property of
      Department, until such time they are reinstated.

13.   All members are expected to maintain a passing grade in school and shall present their grades to the Department
      at the end of each school-reporting period.

                                                                        Page 2 of 3

14.   No junior member will question the authority of a senior officer or firefighter, unless it conflict with the
      constitution and by laws and are to follow their instructions or feel as if their safety is in jeopardy.

15.   No junior Firefighter will drive any apparatus or respond code three to the scene or station.

16.   No Junior Firefighter will participate in any active firefighting.

17.   Upon completion of the 29 hours of orientation and safety training as outlined in guideline 4704 the junior may
      be issued a fire pager. They may also be assigned fire gear that is to be kept at the station. The response to any
      incident is strictly forbidden.

18.   Upon completion of 70 hours of training hours as outlined in SFFMA introductory firefighter. The Junior
      Firefighter will be issued approved protective clothing.

19.   Those approved members who have a valid driver’s license may go to station one when toned out for a fire
      incidents only. They are to standby and wait for transportation to the scene by a Firefighter. Once on the scene
      they will:
             a.      Report to command
             b.      Will not be put in any hazardous environment / area
             c.      Will not participate in any fire fighting
             d.      Under the direct supervision of a firefighter may do non-emergent task suck as; roll and load
                     hose, carry and load equipment, salvage & overhaul.

20.   Disciplinary process shall conform to that of regular membership.

21.   Absence from regular business meeting and/or training may be excused for the following reasons, if the member
      notifies the Fire Chief in advance.
              a.      Personal illness
              b.      Will be out of town
              c.      Change of employment
              d.      Change of school schedule
              e.      Unexpected family emergency

22.   Members shall not engage in actions or create noises, which will be disruptive to meetings, training or activities.

23.   No member shall be under the influence or in possession of liquor, drugs, tobacco products, or other controlled

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24.   No smoking or tobacco use is tolerated
25.   Members will ride on apparatus only when authorized by President or Fire Chief.

26.   Members must report any accident or injury immediately.

27.   No physical violence or destruction of property will be tolerated.

28.   No member is allowed to gamble on Department property.


                                BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Participation Program
POLICY #:                   A-4023
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 2006

  1. The Participation is based on the following:
        a. Attendance of Business meeting
        b. Attendance of Scheduled Training Sessions
        c. Attendance of ESD
        d. Attendance of Emergency Incidents

  2. No ad hoc training sessions will count toward participation.

  3. To qualify, the session must be scheduled one-week in advance and transmitted at least once in email and once
     in pager format.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Finances and Purchases
POLICY #:                   A- 4024
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006

  1.     As outlined in the By-Laws and Constitution, the Fire Chief must approve ALL expenses and purchases for
         the operations of the Fire Department. Unless otherwise approved by the Membership at the business
         A.     Anything less than 500.00 dollars on day-to-day operations, standing authorization.
         B.     Anything less than 2,500 dollars in an emergency to keep vehicles and apparatus in service.
         C.     Anything outside this range must be approved by membership at business meeting, unless already
                approved in the budget.

  2.     A standing authorization for the day-to-day maintenance of apparatus and equipment repairs less than
         250.00     dollars is given to the Assistant Chiefs and Lieutenants.

  3.     The fire chief must approve:
         A.      Any purchases over 250.00 dollars
         B.      All Maintenance and repairs to fire stations
         C.      Purchases and repairs not related to apparatus and equipment.

  4.     ALL receipts must be turned into the Fire Chief for approval, prior to payment by treasurer.

  5.     The Treasurer will pay all bills and maintain all Accounts and record such transactions on the Department
         Computer accounting software.

  6.     Those persons who are approved to drive Department apparatus shall have the authority to purchase gas, oil,
         etc., for these vehicles when needed. These individuals may also purchase needed daily maintenance
         supplies, after notifying the Chief and/or the Assistant Chief and coordinating with their Station Lieutenant.

  7.    When making these purchases, the vehicle call number or station, type and location of incident or
        reason for purchase, printed purchaser name and a signature.
           a.      Receipts WILL be placed in run box at each station
           b.      At the end of each month, the station Lieutenant will insure that these tickets are turned in to Fire
  If YOU can not turn in appropriate receipts, etc. YOU will not be allowed to drive Vehicles

  ________________                                                                                JOE ONDRASEK


                                BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Ride Alongs
POLICY #:                   A- 4025
ORIGINATION DATE:           October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006

   1.    Department firefighters should not respond code 3 in their pov's to incidents when there are other person(s)
         in that vehicle who are not in the Department. It is encourage that if there is anyone else in your vehicle
         who is not a Department member that you not respond. If so, go directly to the station or have them drop
         you off on the scene.

   2.    Only Department personnel will be permitted to ride in any apparatus while responding to an incident.

   3.    On ALL incidents, Command should establish a "fire Line" or "safe zone" and not permit any by-standers
         within that area. If necessary this line should be established using "fire line" tape. Only the appropriate
         emergency responders should be permitted within this line, all others must be approved by command.

         a. In Limited situations, when a greater need for emergent care exist and enough Trained personnel are not
            on the scene. It will be acceptable to use what limited personnel resource you have on the scene, in a safe
            and limited way.


                                     BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                        NIMS Adoption and Implementation Timeline
POLICY #:                       A- 4026
ORIGINATION DATE:               January 01, 2006

Brazos County Precicnt 4 Adopts the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the Standard for Incident Management.

        Whereas, On February 28, 2003 the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5.
        Whereas, the final NIMS was released on March 1, 2004.
        Whereas, the NIMS contains a practice model for the accomplishment of significant responsibilities associated with
prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of all major and national hazards situations.
        Whereas, HSPD-3 requires adoption of NIMS.
        Whereas, Brazos County Precinct 4 desires to adopt the NIMS as required by HSPD-5.

Implementing the NIMS strengthens our Department capability and resolve to fulfill its responsibilities to the American people in
times of emergency.

The following implementation plan will ensure we have fully incorporated the NIMS into our emergency response plans,
procedures, and policies.

Brazos County Precicnt 4 has developed a strategy to accomplish full implementation of NIMS, to be phased in with full
compliance as required by September 30, 2007.

We will support NIMS implementation by completing the following courses:
               1. IS-700, NIMS awareness Course
               2. IS-800, National Response Plan
               3. ICS-100, Introduction to ICS
               4. ICS-195, Basic ICS
               5. ICS-300, Intermediate ICS
               6. ICS-400, Advance ICS

We will utilize the NIMS Capability Assessment Support Tool (NIMCAST).

We will use the nationwide system for credentialing Personnel and equipment as part of the resource management component.

We will use and maintain up to date information on resource management, and use resourece management as a critical component
of domestic incident management.

We will utilize the Texas Regional Response Network (TRRN). A web based tool.

We will utilize FEMA’s National Mutual Aid and Resource Management Initiative.
For full implementation, NIMS will be integrated into our plans, training and excercises.


                                    BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                       Infectious Control
POLICY #:                      A- 4027
ORIGINATION DATE:              January 01, 2006

The Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Department recognizes the potential exposure of its Firefighters, in the performance of their
duties to Communicable diseases. To minimize the risk of exposure, Precinct 4 Fire Department has implemented an infection
control program.

The program includes: initial training, and continuing education in infectious control practices, a vaccination program, proper
infectious control of clothing and equipment, disposal procedures, a system for reporting and managing exposures, a system for
tracking exposures and ensuring confidentiality and monitoring the SOG’s for compliance.

   1. Precinct 4 Fire Department will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of contaminated protective clothing and
      equipment, uniforms, other clothing, fire and EMS equipment.          UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL

   2. Training on this program will be conducted; initially upon joining the Department, Annually and whenever modifications
      are made.

   3. Precinct 4 shall ensure all members have access to an appropriate immunization program.
          a. Immunization to include: Tetanus, MMR, TB, HBV

   4. Precinct 4 personnel are required to where All PPE provided to them.

   5. Should an Exposure occur?
         a. Wash area thoroughly
         b. Advise the Ambulance crew of your exposure
         c. Report exposure to Fire Chief Immediately
         d. Report to St. Joseph Hospital ER charge Nurse, Immediately.
         e. Register in ER as a Patient. (Workers Compensation)
         f. Complete TML first report of injury and VFIS Exposure forms

   6. Disinfecting and Decontamination
          a. Absolutely Forbidden in Fire Station kitchen, Living, Sleeping, Personal Hygiene areas
          b. Follow Manufacturer instructions when available
          c. Use higher level of disinfecting when equipment is visibly contaminated with body fluids
          d. Contaminated disposable equipment shall be disposed of
          e. Disinfectant of choice will be.
                    1. Clorox solution
                    2. Commercial Disinfectant


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Operational Administrative Coordinators
GUIDELINE #:                 F-4102
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2000
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006                        Page 1 of 3

   1. Safety Coordinator
         a. Review all safety aspects of the department, to include but not limited to; training evolution's, policies,
             operating guidelines, incident reviews.
         b. Help comply with NFPA 1500
         c. Review standards being set and make recommendations to chief.
         d. Develop and Implement safety standards
         e. Investigate all department accidents, unsafe acts or conditions and make recommendations to the fire
         f. Insure that department members are trained to a level so that they can function adequately at an incident
             as safety officer.
         g. Conduct internal safety training
         h. Attend outside training as needed, on safety in the fire service.
         i. Insure that all training exercises are conducted in a safe manner and that a safety officer is appointed at
             these evolutions.

   2. Apparatus and Equipment Maintenance Coordinator
        a. To insure that any maintenance needed on equipment or apparatus is delivered appropriately.
        b. Is not responsible for actually doing work, but making sure its gets done.
        c. Is responsible to see that all the appropriate documentation is completed.
        d. This does not include extinguishers and self-contained breathing apparatus.
        e. Each piece of equipment and apparatus should be checked weekly, to insure its readiness for service.
        f. A master maintenance book listing all equipment and apparatus will be kept at the central fire station.
        g. Each station will contain records for equipment and apparatus kept there.
        h. All portable equipment will be maintained as apparatus.
        i. Maintenance forms to be completed as determined by officers.
        j. A monthly status report will be given to fire chief.
        k. Should maintain education on maintenance in the fire service and attend outside training as needed.
        l. Teach department maintenance issues to fire fighters.

                      Operational Administrative Coordinators                     PAGE 2 OF 3

   3. Training Coordinator
         a. Review all aspects of training program and make recommendations.
           b.   Insure all training being taught to SFFMA standards.
           c.   Review all training and certification needs for department fire fighters.
           d.   Coordinate all outside training for the department.
           e.   Organize training schedule for department.
           f.   Insure appropriate lesson plans and training material is on file at station.
           g.   Assist instructors in securing any needed material for training.
           h.   Assist in practical evaluations of fire fighters.
           i.   Training coordinator must maintain SFFMA training coordinator certification.
           j.   Training coordinator must maintain SFFMA level II instructor certification.
           k.   Training coordinator will be certified as basic firefighter.
           l.   Training Coordinator will make a new schedule at the beginning of each fiscal year
           m.   Training request forms will be available for those to request training.

   4. SCBA and Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Coordinator
        a. Review all department maintenance standards for scba's and fire extinguishers and make necessary
           recommendations for change to the fire chief.
        b. Maintain all department scba's and fire extinguishers in accordance to NFPA standards.
        c. Review department compliance with all applicable standards and make recommendations to the fire
        d. Insure all department scba's and fire extinguishers are kept in service and any needed
           maintenance/repairs are done.
        e. Maintain accurate records on all department scba's and fire extinguishers and keep them on file at the
           central station.
        f. Coordinator should maintain all appropriate certifications, and if need attend any outside training
        g. Teach all scba and fire extinguisher training session within the department.

   6. Emergency Medical Services Coordinator
        a. Review all aspects of the departments first responder program and make
           recommendations to the fire chief.
        b. Determine training needs for first responders and make recommendations to
           the chief.
        c. Coordinate first responder matters with outside agencies.
        d. Maintain EMS supply inventory.
        e. Coordinator must be certified EMT by Texas Department of Health. If
           feasible paramedic level certification preferred.
        f. Coordinator must be SFFMA level II instructor and TDH certified instructor.
        g. Assist in teaching department first responder training.
        h. Attend such outside training as needed to keep informed on EMS matters.


                       Operational Administrative Coordinators                    PAGE 3 OF 3

   6. Life Safety Pre-Incident Plans
         a. Identify all businesses, industrial plants, life hazard areas, hazardous material storage locations, etc.,
            within the Departments
            coverage area and conduct a pre-fire plan.
         b. Maintain a current listing of these locations and keep them on file at the central fire station.
         c. Make available to all personnel a book/file to be carried on specific apparatus and made available to
            incident command to be utilized during an incident.
         d. Identify all oil well and pipeline locations within the department coverage area. Determine the current
            owner and operator of such locations.
         e. Maintain a file at central fire station listing all such companies and contact numbers.
         f. Conduct in house training on such matters.
         g. Not necessarily responsible for actually doing all such work, but responsible to see that all objectives are


                                          BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                             Dispatch Procedures
GUIDELINE #:                         F- 4105
ORIGINATION DATE:                    January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:                       January 01, 2006                                                 Page 1 of 3

 Precinct 4 will respond to any emergency situation that threatens life, safety or property. In cases when the Pct.4 Fire Department is not the
appropriate agency or is not capable of delivering the needed assistance, will attempt to contact the appropriate provider.

Dispatch will dispatch the closest available unit(s) with the capability to control an emergency situation. The judgment of both dispatch and
emergency personnel is an integral part of the decision process, considering both information received and potential emergency.

Timely response and effective management of EMS, rescue and fire control situations represent the most immediate priorities of the department.
Upon receipt of adequate information (location and nature of the emergency) dispatch will alert the appropriate units to respond. Dispatch will
upgrade the response, as required, until the situation is stabilized.

Emergency incidents within the our District will be dispatched immediately.

Under the automatic aid agreement with other Brazos County Departments, unit(s) will be dispatched immediately to borderline locations as
determined by CAD.
 The dispatcher transmits the call to the assigned units using the following procedure:
              1.    Transmit the dispatch tone;
              2.    Identify the unit(s) assigned the call;
              3.    Type of call;
              4.    Location of the incident, business name, apartment number, etc.;
              5.    Box number;
              6.    Time out.

The voice portion of the dispatch will be given twice.
Due to the time limitations of our receiving system the dispatch tone will not be transmitted until the dispatcher has the required information to
dispatch the required unit(s). There will not be a delay from the time the tone is transmitted and the voice dispatch orders are given.

The department operates off of one primary radio and four tactical frequencies:
            1.    Channel 1, Repeater Channel 154.415                  3. Channel 3, Simplex Channel 154.265
            2.    Channel 2, Simplex Channel 154.280                   4. Channel 4, Simplex Channel 154.295
                                                                       5. Channel 5, Simplex Channel 155.940

 The department will operate on the primary frequency of other Departments we are assisting.

When someone reports an emergency incident directly to a fire station, the company initiating the incident will notify dispatch immediately,
request the desired assignment and give the nature and location of the incident. If their station is primary responder to the location, they will
immediately respond to the incident.



                                                                   Dispatch Procedures                                      Page 2 of 3

                   1.       Precinct 4 will use ―simple language‖ in all radio conversations. No 10-codes will be used, except 10-4 to designate
                           receiving okay and/or acknowledgement of receiving a message.

     Anytime fire department units are responding to an emergency incident, radio communications will be limited to radio traffic by units
     responding and dispatch. Other Non- Incident radio traffic will not be conducted over channel 1

     During active firefighting operations, Command will provide dispatch with regular progress reports when significant changes take place or if an
     unusual situation is encountered. Companies operating on the incident scene should give progress reports to Command, Operations, and/or
     Sector Officers as needed.

     Dispatch will inform command when operating a structure fire when ten (10) minutes have passed since the arrival of the first unit on the scene.

     Dispatch will generate a Emergency alert tone on our primary channel when directed by Incident command.

atch shall attempt to obtain any and all information from the person reporting a hazardous material incident.
information should, include the material name and/or type, amount and size of container(s), problems (leak,
fire, etc.) and dangerous properties of the materials.

     Dispatch shall notify the Police Department, the Department of Public Safety, and/or Brazos County Sheriff Department of any major hazardous
     material incidents, depending upon the jurisdiction of the incident scene. It is the responsibility of the IC to determine if it is a major hazardous
     material incident.

     Dispatch will immediately begin to research the situation using resources at his/her disposal, if the product is identified and/or if the business
     has premis information for responsible parties, etc.

ll be the responsibility of the Incident Commander to instruct dispatch to notify other agencies of a hazardous
rial incident.

                        On potentially large or unknown size of hazardous materials incident, dispatch shall dispatch a ―first alarm assignment‖ to
          respond. If the situation consist of a gas leak from a gas meter, or a small gasoline spill, etc., dispatch may dispatch a single engine
          company response.

     9 1 1 HANG UPS
     We will not respond to any 911 hang-ups.


     Dispatch FD as in any priority one call. With one retone if no response. If no response from Pct.4, Notify Sheriff and have Deputy respond.
     Once Deputy on scene, to verify FD needed and that owner can not put out fire. Dispatch will retone FD one time. If no response, Dispatch will
     tone nearest Mutual Aid Department. Response to Illegal burning, (Burn Ban Violations) will be Code one. None Emergency



                                                                    Dispatch Procedures                                   Page 3 of 3


     1.          Administrative Pages will immediately be sent to the following:
                 a. Fire Chief (401) If not available than send to assistant fire chief.
                 b. Assistant Chief - North (402)
                 c. Assistant Chief - South (403)
     2.          Page will be sent in the following instances:
                 a. Working structure fires
                 b. Any Accident involving a Department Vehicle
                 c. Any Injury to our personnel
                 d. Any incident with a fatality
                 e. Any Multi-Casualty Incident
                 f. Any time units are dispatched outside Brazos County
     3.          It will be responsibility of Incident Commander or Unit in Charge to Notify Dispatch of these pages and there content.

4.       Simply ask dispatch to send page by name, call number or pager number. Details should just include what you have and if you need a
         response from them to the incident.


1.   All personnel responding shall acknowledge this on the radio. If you have no radio and personnel are short
         handed, call dispatch on the phone to tell them your enroute. (979-361-3888)
2.   If canceled while responding, only the officers and apparatus shall acknowledge on the radio. If there is only
         a couple responding as during the day, it is all right for all to acknowledge.
3.   All arriving apparatus, first arriving pov's prior to apparatus, officers arriving after apparatus, and all first
         responders on a medical call, WILL acknowledge this to dispatch on the radio.
4.   As apparatus are released from the scene, COMMAND will advise dispatch of those apparatus. POV'S will
         not be tracked leaving the scene. When apparatus are released they will leave, and not "hang around".
         Individual apparatus will not need to advise dispatch when leaving the scene as this should have been
         done by command, if not then the apparatus should advise dispatch of their status. Commanding officers
         will advise dispatch when they leave the scene regardless.
5.        As apparatus get back to the station, they Will acknowledge their arrival to dispatch. They will not need to
         state they are in service, as it will be assumed. They will need to advise if they are out of service, and
         then take appropriate action.
6.        When command is terminated and all personnel/apparatus have left the scene. Command will advise dispatch that all units/personnel
          are clearing the scene and that command is terminated and to close out the call.


Each morning at 7am, dispatch will test the radio with a single county wide announcement tone. Pct.3 is the designated Precinct to respond.
However it is acceptable for someone to respond if available.

Each Monday at 6pm, dispatch will run a complete set a tone to include announcement and emergency tones for each Department in order to
test the system. Pct.3 is the designated agency to respond. However if available anyone can answer the radio check.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Duties for Firefighters
GUIDELINE #:                 F-4110
ORIGINATION DATE:            October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

1. Until (3) hours of Department training on policies and guidelines has been completed. Absolutely no
      unsupervised activities, participation or involvement is allowed.

2. A new member firefighter is one in which the minimum hours of training to be a
      recruit have not been received.
      A. shall not respond to any incidents.
      B. will not be issued any gear and/or equipment.
      C. shall only participate in training exercises.
3. A recruit firefighter (490’s) is one in which the minimum hours of training to be a
      recruit have been met. Has not met Intro. Firefighter Hours. (70 hrs. SFFMA)       (yellow Helmet)
      a. will be issued gear and equipment.
      b. will not drive department apparatus or respond code 3 in pov.
      c. will respond to the fire station as first assignment on fire incidents
      d. If mutual aid from other dept. into Pct.4 is only response, may respond to assist.
      e. once on the scene will not perform fire suppression activities.
      f. first responders may respond to EMS calls code one
       g. Cannot respond Mutual aid to other Departments.
4. A Recruit Firefighter (480’s) (yellow helmet)
      a. Met Introductory to Firefighting Hours (70 hrs. SFFMA)
      b. Class B Drivers License
      c. Completed all paperwork for fire chief (firefighter application packet)
      d. Duties Include:
                i. Drive apparatus code one to Pct.4 calls only
               ii. No mutual aid responses outside Pct.4
              iii. No offensive structural firefighting
              iv. Participate in other duties as training dictates
5. Firefighter I: (470’s)      (black helmet)
      a. Has met all F/F I training requirements
      b. Passed both written and skills evaluation within Pct.4
      c. All administrative paperwork completed for fire chief
      d. Class B Drivers License
                i. No restriction on activities
6. Firefighter II: (460’s) (black helmet)
      a. Certified or Accredited SFFMA Basic Firefighter at Minimum.
      b. TDH certified as ECA or higher
                i. No restrictions on activities


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     NEW Firefighter Timeline
GUIDELINE #:                 F-4111
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2006

   1. This Timeline takes effect ONLY after the application for firefighter has been approved by the membership.
   2. Firefighter will immediately be issued ―New firefighter application completion packet‖. This packets cover
      sheet details in order the documentation required to be completed.
   3. It is the responsibility of the firefighter to complete and return all required documentation.

   4. The Areas of Concern are:
         a. Paper Documentation on List, Required by chief
         b. Training
         c. Driving
         d. Maintain Participation
   5. Once all requirements are met for each level, Your status will be adjusted.
   6. Actual Timeline;
         a. Everyone starts at Recruit level. (490’s)
         b. Work packet coversheet as detailed, in the order outlined.
                   1. Complete Forms / Get your Training, 29 hours for recruit.
                   2. Once orientation form on all trucks done
                   3. Get your class B
                   4. Do driving on each truck
                   5. Issued a Department work shirt from Access stock
         c. In order to Moved into Recruit 480‖s Status
                   1. Complete your SFFMA Introductory Firefighter 70 hours.

         d. In order to Moved into Firefighter I Level (470’s)
                  1. Get your Firefighter I level hours. 120 hours
         e. In order to Move into Firefighter II Level. (460’s)
                  1. Get your Basic Certification / Accreditation
                  2. Get your ECA or higher certification
   7. Upon your application being accepted by the Membership, you have:
         a. Six months to complete your Introductory hours
         b. One year to complete all required paperwork in completion packet
         c. One year to complete your Firefighter I hours
         d. Must attend first available ECA class and get your state certification.
         e. Must maintain a monthly participation of at least 35% until completion packet items are done. A
            participation of less than 35% for any two months in any 6 month period will result in your dismissal.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Station Lieutenant duties
GUIDELINE #:                 F-4112
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 2006

1. Officer will be in charge of Day to Day ops of Station, Trucks, Equipment and Assigned personnel
2. Officer will talk or communicate with each firefighter at least every other week
3. Be familiar with training schedule policy #4013
       a.     Each week, the schedule will be kept and everyone will report to assigned location.
       b.     On the open nights, everyone will report to there assigned stations. Unless in a training curriculum.
4. Each station will be used as follows:
       a.     station one- training's, business and auxiliary meetings
       b.     station two- storage for extra protective clothing,
       c.     station three- EMS supplies storage
       d.     Each Lt. At these station will over see these things
5. Anything issued out by Officer ONLY! A note to chief Must be sent up noting what has been issued or replaced out.
6. Pagers, radios, uniforms, uniform brass, badges issues out of chiefs office
7. All coordinated training will be done at station one. Personnel involved in specific training assigned by training
   coordinator may report directly to station one.
8. These things Must be done at the stations.
       a.     Pick up all run reports, gas receipts, etc. and deliver to box at station one Each Week
       b.     Manage Dorm work hours by Tenants
       c.     Walk through station each week
       d.     Keep bay and interior clean. Excluding dorm areas
       e.     Make sure fire trucks have all equipment on them
       f.     Make sure fire trucks get checked each week
       g.     Make sure fire trucks mechanically maintained
       h.     Make sure truck checks paperwork done each week, month
       i.     Review items you can on dorm work list to see things are getting done. Refer to chief if not.
       j.     Conduct any needed hands on training for assigned personnel
       k.     A monthly allotment of 7 dollars per firefighter will be given to each station Lt. to be used at their
              discretion. Must involve all assigned firefighters.


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Incident Critique
GUIDELINE #:                  F- 4115
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 2004                                              Page 1 of 3
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006


ROUTINELY, We will formally critique selected incidents.

Each incident will be informally critique by all officers in the Department via radio and incident specific information.
The following guide will be used for all critiques.

Attached is the Critique work sheet.


                                            INCIDENT CRITIQUE GUIDE

Incident Number:______________ Incident Date:_____________ Critique Date:____________

Incident Description:___________________________________________________________


Was Radio/Tape Received? Yes________ No__________ Critique Instructor:_____________

Apparatus Responded:__________________________________________________________

Additional Alarms #______________ #_____________ #_____________ #________________

Conditions upon Arrival: ________________________________________________________

Time of alarm:         ______________________ Status 55:_________________________________

Enroute Actions:

Appropriate Radio Traffic: __________________         Appropriate People and Apparatus Response: _______________

Problems/Concerns during Response: ________________________________________________________________

Officer in Charge: ___________________________

Arrival on Scene:

Was size up given over radio upon arrival?            Was command established?

Was walk-around performed?                            Comments:

Appropriate Communication from Command.

Suppression / Rescue

GPM flow of initial attack line at point of attack?

Was PPV fan operating prior to entry of hose team?

Was RIT team in place?                                       RIT tools assembled by team?

Was ventilation hole required?                        Was ventilation hole established?
Primary search initiated?

Primary / secondary search?

Water supply established?

Secondary line?

Tactical worksheet initiated?

Accountability system deployed?

Tactical considerations:

Salvage / Overhaul:

Actions of Medic Company:


Sectors: _______________________________________________________________________


Communications: _______________________________________________________________

Public information: _____________________________________________________________

Problems encountered: ___________________________________________________________

Standard Operating Procedure Concerns:_____________________________________________

What Went Well: _______________________________________________________________

Lessons Learned:_______________________________________________________________

Outcome of Incident:____________________________________________________________

Investigative Summary:__________________________________________________________

Personnel at Critique:____________________________________________________________


Submitted by:__________________________________________________________________

                                          BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                            Incident Management System
POLICY #:                           F-4300
ORIGINATION DATE:                   October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:                      January 01, 2006                                                 Page 1 of 2
The Incident Commander is responsible for command functions at all times. As the identity of the Incident Commander changes, through
proper transfers of command, responsibility shifts with the title.

Command procedures are designed to accomplish the following:
    Fix responsibility for command on a specific individual, through a standard identification system depending on the arrival sequence of
      members, companies, and officers.
    Insure that strong, direct and visible Command will be established as early as practical in the incident.
    Establish an effective framework outlining the activities and responsibilities assigned to Command.
    Provide for a system of orderly transfer of command subsequent to arriving officers.
    To insure assignment of sectors and staff support functions as an incident escalates.

Command is responsible for four (4) basic fire ground objectives:
    Remove endangered occupants and treat the injured.
    Stop the fire -- control the situation
    Conserve property (Salvage)
    Provide for the safety and welfare of personnel. Accountability and 2 in 2 out.

Command is responsible for, but not limited to, the following functions as required by the circumstances of the incident:
    Assume and confirm Command and take an effective position
    Rapidly evaluate the situation (size up)
    Initiate, maintain and control the communications process
    Identify the overall strategy, develop an attack plan and assign units
    Develop an effective fire ground organization
    Provide for continuing Command within the framework of Standard Operating Procedures.
    Coordinate transfer of command as required
    Request and assign additional resources
    Return companies\personnel to service and terminate command

The first five functions must be addressed immediately from the initial assumption of command.

The first arriving officer at the scene of a multiple unit response or extended Emergency Medical scene will assume and establish command
And remain in command until relieved, through proper procedures, or until the incident is terminated.

When Command is initially assumed, that individual must decide on an appropriate commitment of his/her resources on scene. This will usually
fall into one of three general modes: Nothing Showing, Quick Attack or Command Mode.

When an officer assumes Command the following options are available with Regard to the assignment of remaining crew members:
        Perform walk around
        Set up Command. Fixed. Appropriate Location. Near Attack Engine.
        Evaluate Effectiveness
        Evaluate Safety
        Develop / Implement Action Plan
        Expand Structure
        Re-Evaluate
NOTE: At no time will one firefighter enter an involved structure fire with an attack line for the purpose of fighting the fire alone.
       At no time will a team enter an involved structure fire without a RIT team in place.

                                                  Incident Management System                                                         Page 2 of 2

    Once Incident Command is established the Incident Commander will identify by Wearing the "INCIDENT COMMANDER" orange
    reflective vest. Upon arrival of the Incident Command vehicle (attack engine or Brazos County Command Bus) the incident command
    vehicle will be identified by a flashing green light placed at the highest possible point on the vehicle.


    The actual transfer of command will be regulated by the following procedures:
        The officer assuming command will communicate with the person being relieved. Face to face communication is preferred.


    Front of structure designated Sector A. Additional sides of the building will continue to be sector using the next consecutive
    Letter of the alphabet. Exterior of the structure will be sectored in a clockwise motion. Roof sector will be termed as such.


    Interior of the structure will be sectored by a name. (2nd floor, Basement sector, etc.)


    Exposures will be sectored by phonetic alphabet. (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, etc.) Exposures will be sectored in a clockwise motion.


    It is the responsibility of Command to develop an organized structure, using standard operating procedures to effectively manage fire
    ground operations. The development of the organizational structure should begin with the implementation of the initial tactical control
    measures and may continue through a number of phases, depending on the size and complexity of the incident. The objective must be to
    develop the Command organization at a pace that stays ahead of the tactical deployment of companies.

NOTE: The first support role to be filled is the assignment of a fire ground Safety Officer.

Command should begin to assign sectors based on the following factors:
    A situation that will eventually involve a number of companies or functions beyond the capability of Command to directly control.
    Companies are involved in complex interior operations.
    Companies are operating from tactical positions over which Command has little or no control.
    Sector officers will use the sector designator in radio communications.


    Staging allows the incident commander to control the activities of the incoming companies as needed. This reduces the "free lancing" of
    companies and aids in Establishing coordinated operations.



                                         BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                            Firefigher Emergency Evacuation
POLICY #:                           F-4301
ORIGINATION DATE:                   January 01, 2006


Our primary concern when a hazard which may affect the safety of fire personnel becomes apparent, is the welfare
of all personnel. In an effort to protect personnel who may suffer adverse effects after exposure to such hazards as
structural collapse, explosion, backdraft, etc., a structured method of scene evacuation must be utilized. A system
which will provide for the rapid and effective notification of those personnel involved, and one which will be able
to accurately account for all personnel on the scene.


Interior fire fighting operations should be abandoned when the extent of the fire prohibits control or the structure becomes unsafe to operate
within. When such conditions make the building untenable, personnel would evacuate, account for all personnel, define tactical options and re-
deploy their forces.


The following procedure shall be used when an emergency evacuation of a structure and/or area is to be carried
The Emergency Evacuation Signal will consist of an alert tone lasting approximately FIFTEEN (15) seconds. The
alert tone will be broadcast through dispatch and will be followed by a general broadcast for all personnel to "GO
DEFENSE." Clear the structure and/or area immediately. The emergency evacuation tone and broadcast will be
repeated twice. The Emergency Evacuation Signal will be accompanied by an "on-site" evacuation signal
consisting of five (5) short blasts from an apparatus air horn with a momentary pause, and repeated five (5) more
      Upon receipt of the "GO DEFENSE" order, company officers will assemble there crew and promptly exit the structure/area. Company
          officers shall assemble their crews at their apparatus, if possible. If not possible, officers shall assemble their crews at a nearby
      After crews are assembled, company officers will immediately notify Command of status. (All accounted for/missing/etc.)


                                    BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                        Mutual Aid Incidents
GUIDELINE #:                    F-4302
ORIGINATION DATE:               January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:                  January 01, 2006

1.    All personnel released as a Firefighter 1 (470’s) are able to respond to mutual aid responses

2.    The only response will be of that requested. If apparatus are requested along with firefighters, the first
        priority will be the apparatus.

3.    If mutual aid is given into the cities, the responding units (apparatus) will go to the primary channel of that

4.    Upon arrival on scene, all personnel will report to command, or as directed, and identify themselves.

5.    While on a mutual aid scene, all personnel will be under the command of that scene officer. HOWEVER, all
       department personnel will also follow orders by this department. SHOULD a conflict arise, the orders
       from this department will be followed and a full report given to your Fire Chief immediately.

6.    Radio traffic will be kept to an absolute minimum. This should be limited to personnel acknowledging their


8.    During Mutual aid Given incidents, it will be appropriate for crews to stand-by at the station until units
       return back into district.

9.    We will ONLY Respond to mutual aid request with those Department of which we have a Written Mutual
       Aid Agreement. They Are:
               a.   All fire departments in Brazos County.
               b.   Blackjack Fire Department in Robertson county
               c.   Hearne Fire Department
               d.   Texas Forest Service
               e.   Snook Fire Department

      All other Request must come Through one of these Departments to qualify us to respond.

10. The Bryan Fire Department is primary response to Lake Bryan

11.   Precinct 4 is the Primary responder to Texas A&M Beef center on Raymond                 Stotzer Parkway and
        Riverside Campus on Texas 47.


                                           BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                              Personnel Response to Incidents
GUIDELINE #:                          F-4303
ORIGINATION DATE:                     January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:                        January 01, 2006
1.   Fire Incidents

         1.     All fire department personnel will respond to the closest fire station. Those that are qualified to drive an apparatus
                      shall respond the appropriate units.
         2.     All apparatus shall respond as a company, with a minimum of two firefighters. However no apparatus will
                      grossly delay response waiting on personnel.
         3.    Once all the needed apparatus are en route, additional personnel should either continue to station or go direct to the
                      scene, As Directed By Command.
         4.     The officer in-charge may direct apparatus and/or personnel at their discretion.
         5.     The only exemptions are;
                      a. you are less than one-minute from the scene.
                      b. you will respond directly through or by incident.
                      c. you are directed by command.
         6.      It is preferred that an officer go direct in their pov. The objective is to Get someone on the scene quickly, who can size-up
                      the situation and take control of the incident.
                      a. All the needed apparatus for the incident Must be accounted for and this Must be Coordinated by the Officer in Charge.
                      b. There must not be an over abundance of radio traffic to achieve this, it must be understood that unless directed to, you
                                will go to the station and respond apparatus.
                      c. This person should be an Officer, even if this means they are not the closest. However if it will grossly delay apparatus
                           response, then that officer should go get the apparatus and let a lower firefighter establish command. At no time will a
                           recruit be allowed to go direct to establish Command.
                      d. Our priority upon arriving on scene is to establish Command. A secondary priority for a direct response is to provide
                           medical care. For this reason, it may be necessary that more than one person go direct. This does not mean that we need
                           three or four people to go direct, it should be more like one or two at the most.
         7.     Incident Command duties are:
                      a. establishes command, and makes their presence known
                      b. gives a size up, and action being taken
                      c. communicate with dispatch and rest of unit responding
                      d. direct incoming units, and request any additional units needed
                      e. direct any medical care needed.
         9.    Only the Appropriate amount of personnel and apparatus should respond to Scene. There should not be an excessive
                      response to the scene, when not required. All additional personnel should stand-by at the station for the Duration of
                     the Incident, In order to get Credit for the response. In order to get credit for responding to a call you must either be on
                     the scene or standing by at the station for the duration of the call or until released by command.
         10.   If an apparatus has responded to the incident with only one on board, then someone will assist that operator with refueling of
                      water and gas. If there are personnel on scene in there p.o.v. then they will follow and assist this operator.
         11.   When Cancelled, All units will immediately cancel as safety dictates.
         12.   On Fire Incidents, p.o.v. responses will return to station as directed or go with apparatus to assist in refueling and re-watering.
         13.   At no time will single manned apparatus be required to restock, refuel, re-water, etc. units when additional personnel are available.
         14.   Until All units are checked and ready for the next call, NO ONE should be allowed to leave and ―go home‖


                                      BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                         Apparatus Response to Incidents
GUIDELINE #:                     F-4304
ORIGINATION DATE:                October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:                   January 01, 2006

1.     Response Criteria
               a. Use State Highway 21 as the dividing line. On non-structural incidents, units from station
                       two will not automatically respond past this line southerly and station three will not respond
                       automatically past this line northerly. This rule applies only if appropriate units are responding from
                       other stations. These units will be special call only and will stand by at the station two and three until the
                       termination of the incident.
               c. This will include EMS incidents. However there is no boundary if no one else in responding.
               d. The Situation will Dictate units and priorities to the Officer in Charge.
               e. Any questions regarding specific units to respond should be addressed to I.C.
2.     Structure Fires
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. The second out apparatus shall be an engine.
               c. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power and mutual aid
3.     Vehicle Fires
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power
4.     Electrical Fires / Incidents
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. Determined if this is a Fire or only Wires Down. For a fire, make the appropriate response.
5.     Wild land Fires
               a. The first out apparatus shall be a booster.
               b. The second out apparatus shall be a booster
               c. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power and mutual aid
6.     Oil Well Fire / Incidents
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power and mutual aid
7.     Fuel Spills / Hazardous Materials Incidents
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power and mutual aid
8.     Motor Vehicle Accidents / Train Derailments
               a. The first out apparatus shall be an engine.
               b. Consider Tankers, Rescue, Man Power and mutual aid
9.     Rescue Incidents
               a. First determine what you have;
                       (1) motor vehicle rescue, water rescue, trench rescue, collapse rescue, etc...
               b. Any specialized rescue beyond our capabilities will require Bryan Rescue Team response
               c. The first out apparatus will be an engine
               d. Consider tankers, man power and mutual aid
10.   Illegal Burns / Unattended fires
               a. All units will respond code one
               b. Respond booster truck, engine acceptable if closer.

                                          BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                             Operation of Vehicles
GUIDELINE #:                         F-4305
ORIGINATION DATE:                    January 01, 1998
REVISION DATE:                       January 01, 2006                                                           PAGE        1     OF     2

It is the responsibility of the driver of each department vehicle to operate the vehicle safely and prudently at all times. Vehicles will be operated
in compliance with the Texas Motor Vehicle Laws. Emergency response does not absolve the driver of any responsibility to drive with due

 The following codes will be used in responding to an emergency or transporting a patient to a medical facility.

            Code 1 – without warning lights and siren.
            Code 3 – with warning lights and siren.
There is no code 2. Under State Law, both warning lights and siren must be in use. No vehicle will be operated with just its warning lights in

The use of warning lights and siren does not automatically give the right—of—way to emergency vehicles. These devices simply request the
right—of—way from other drivers, based on their awareness of the emergency vehicle presence and intended actions known to other drivers,
and must drive defensively to be prepared for the unexpected inappropriate actions of others.

 Department vehicles are not authorized by State Law to exceed posted speed limits when responding Code 3. Personnel will operate
emergency vehicles at a safe and prudent speed at all times.

When emergency vehicles must travel in center or oncoming traffic lanes, the maximum permissible speed will be 20 MPH.

When approaching or crossing an intersection with right—of—way, drivers will not exceed the posted speed limit. At a controlled or negative
right-of-way intersection, where it is necessary to use the center or oncoming traffic lanes to cross the intersection, they will enter the
intersection at the maximum permissible speed of 20 MPH and be prepared to stop and yield right-of-way.

When approaching a school zone, which are activated, emergency vehicles will reduce speed and be prepared to stop. If a crossing guard is
present and is displaying a stop sign for school crossing, all vehicles will stop and remain stopped until the crossing guard gives you the right—

All vehicles will stop for school buses with red lights flashing, loading and unloading students, and proceed only after authorized to do so by the
driver of the school bus.

Code 3 response is authorized only in conjunction with emergency incidents. Unnecessary emergency responses will be avoided

 When backing department vehicles, guides will be used. The operator will dismount and walk completely around the apparatus to determine if
any obstructions are present before backing.
All personnel riding in a Department vehicle are required to use seat belts.
Any time fire apparatus is parked and the driver is out of the cab (except inside the station engine bay), the rear wheels will be chocked and
parking brake set.
When stopped at the scene of an incident, vehicles should be placed to protect personnel who may be working in the street and warning lights
will be used to make approaching traffic aware of the incident. Traffic safety cones will be used to enhance the safety of personnel working an
incident on a major thoroughfare.

If a department vehicle is involved in a traffic accident. Operators will notify the fire chief immediately when involved in a traffic accident.

                                                        Operation of Vehicles                                           Page 2 of 2

Units responding to an emergency incident that become involved in an accident may, WILL STOP and discontinue their response. Notify the
police and will immediately notify dispatch to respond another unit to the emergency incident.


Safe arrival will always have priority over unnecessary speed and reckless driving en route to an emergency incident. Prompt, safe response
will be attained by:
               1. Leaving the station in a standard manner
                           A. Quickly mounting apparatus
                           B. All personnel on board, seated and belts on
                           C. Station doors are fully opened
               2. Driving defensively and professionally at reasonable speeds.
               3 Knowing where you are going.
               4 Using warning devices to move around traffic and to request right—of—way in a safe and predictable manner.

The operator is responsible for the safety of all vehicle operations and managing compliance of this procedure.


1.    A p.o.v. will not block a driveway or entrance to an incident, or be parked as to slow or impede arriving emergency apparatus.

2.    When responding to a medical call, a pov may park within 150 feet of the scene, if this will not impede the arriving ambulance.

3.    When responding to fire incidents that require first responders, the first arriving pov may park closer than 150 feet. IF it can be done
        Safely and not impede arriving emergency apparatus.

4.    When a vehicle has established the staging distance from the scene, arriving units will not break this distance by passing and parking
        closer and shall maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

5.    All vehicles/apparatus shall be parked in a way as to protect personnel on the scene. Preferable on the same side of the road, between
         The scene and approaching traffic, with the front wheels turned in a safe direction.

6.    The arriving units will not park in a way as to have personnel moving between oncoming traffic or have oncoming traffic moving
         between emergency vehicles.

8.    When stopped at the scene of an incident, vehicles should be placed in a way as to protect personnel working on the scene. The
        apparatus should be put between oncoming traffic and personnel working. The warning lights will be used, as well as the emergency
        flasher, to make approaching traffic aware of the incident. As soon as possible, traffic cones should be set up to help direct traffic
        around the Scene and in a safe direction.

9.    When it can be avoided, emergency vehicles should stay off public highways. If possible, parking lots and side streets should be used.
        This is only if there is no other reason to be on the highway. If there is any Department activity taking place on the roadway, then
        vehicles should be parked accordingly. EMERGENCY WARNING LIGHTS should remain on while on the highway.

10.    If Required, in order to maintain the safety of department personnel on scene of a Highway emergency. DO NOT hesitate in
          CLOSING a road or highway down to through traffic. When this is done, DPS and S.O. should be notified. Do not be intimidated into
          opening roadway up, if the safety of our personnel on the scene is threatened, in YOUR OPINION!


                                        BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                                 Search and Rescue
GUIDELINE #:                             F- 4309
ORIGINATION DATE:                        January 01, 1998
REVISION DATE:                           January 01, 2006

To establish a procedure which allows search and rescue to be performed according to an efficient, well planned method that
includes the safety of the search crews.

 The objective of the search effort is to locate possible victims exposed to the dangers of fire or other disasters that may call upon
the services of our department.


It is the responsibility of all personnel operating on an incident scene, when advised of a possible rescue, to immediately notify
his or her company officer and/or command.

Prior to entering the search area, all search team members will be briefed with specific objectives, individual assignments, and
designated areas to be search. Individual search activities will be conducted with two or more members.

Urban Search and Rescue Team may be utilized by Command.

Two searches of an involved structure, when possible, will automatically be conducted. They are the primary search and the
secondary search. The primary search should be conducted by the first arriving companies to quickly ―check‖ for victims inside
the structure. The secondary search is a thorough search of the interior fire area after the initial fire control activities are
completed. Companies not involved with the primary search should conduct the secondary search.
        The critical factor during the primary search is time. It must be fast and effective.

        Thoroughness, rather than time, is the critical factor with the secondary search.

Once the searches are completed, search crews will notify command by using the ―all clear‖ signal.
Search teams performing the primary search, especially above the fire, should have a charged hose line for protection. In the
event a charged hose line is not available, or due to some circumstances beyond our control, any search team entering an involved
structure will have a ―life line.‖

Command will establish a Rapid Intervention Crew for all related searches unless the following circumstance exists.
     1.       There is an immediate life hazard to the occupancies of a structure and an immediate search of the structure is
              necessary to ensure the safety of the occupancies.


 Command can classify fire victims according to one of the three (3) categories:
       1.     Victims already outside the fire building.
       2.     Victims trying to exit the fire building.
       3.     Victims still inside the fire building (or affected area).
Command is responsible for treatment of all victims, from basic life support to advance life support, including transport.
Command must provide adequate resources to perform these tasks.

                                         BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                            Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
GUIDELINE #:                        F- 4310
ORIGINATION DATE:                   January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:                      January 01, 2006

It is the standard operating procedure of the Precinct 4 Fire Department that all personnel expected to respond and function in areas of
atmospheric contamination will be provided with, and use, self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

    All personnel that are required to operate in atmospheric contamination will be trained in the proper use of SCBA’s.

     The use of SCBA’s means all personnel will have a face piece in place, breathing air from supply provided.

     SCBA’s will be used by all personnel operating:
        - in a contaminated atmosphere
        - in an atmosphere which may suddenly become contaminated
        - in an atmosphere which is oxygen deficient
        - in an atmosphere which is suspected of being contaminated or oxygen deficient

     This includes all personnel operating:
           - in an active fire area
           - directly above an active fire area
           - in a potential explosion or fire area, including gas leaks and/or fuel spills ―hot zone areas‖
           - where products of combustion are visible in the atmosphere, including vehicle fires and dumpster fires
           - where invisible contaminants are suspected to be present (i.e. carbon monoxide during overhaul)
           - where toxic products are present, suspected to be present, or may be released without warning
           - in any confined space which has not been tested to establish respiratory safety

In addition to the above, SCBA’s will be worn by all personnel operating at fire incidents above ground, below ground or in any other area
which is not, but which may become contaminated by products of combustion or other hazardous substances. In these circumstances only, the
SCBA may be worn with the face piece removed. The wearing of the SCBA in these situations provides that it will be immediately available
for use if conditions change or if personnel are to enter an area where the use of SCBA’s is required.

All personnel assigned to suppression will be issued a SCBA face piece and are responsible for the maintenance of his/her face piece.
The department will issue replacement face pieces as needed, provided they are not lost or damage due to employee negligence.

All apparatus will have SCBA’s assigned to them by the number of personnel who may be assigned to the apparatus.

 Premature removal of SCBA’s must be avoided at all times. This is particularly significant during overhaul operations when smoldering
materials may produce increased quantities of carbon monoxide and other toxic products. In these cases, SCBA’s must be used or the
atmosphere must be changed.

In routine fire situations, the decision to remove SCBA’s will be made by the company officer, with the approval of either the sector officer or
command. This decision will be based on an evaluation of atmospheric conditions. Prior to the removal, fire areas will be tested for
atmosphere contamination and the areas will be thoroughly ventilated and where necessary, continuous ventilation will be provided. Personnel
are not required to remove their SCBA’s after the decision is made; it is up to each individual to remove his/her SCBA after approval is granted.

If there is any doubt about respiratory safety, SCBA’s use will be maintained until the atmosphere is established to be safe by testing. The
safety officer and/or command will be responsible for this determination. This is required in complex situations, particularly when toxic
materials may be involved.
Refer to Atmosphere Monitoring guideline.


                                         BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                            Fire Control
GUIDELINE #:                        F-4311
ORIGINATION DATE:                   January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:                      January 01, 2006                                                         Page 1 of 2

1.     A critical Command decision (both initial and on-going) relates to the offensive and defensive mode of the situation;
                 Offensive Strategy - Interior attack and related support directed toward
                                          quickly bringing the fire under control.
                 Defensive Strategy- Exterior attack, directed first to reduce fire extension
                                           and then to bring the fire under control.
       Command Must Define offensive or defensive mode based upon;
                 a. Fire extent
                 b. Structural conditions
                 c. Entry capability
                 d. Ventilation profile
                 e. Rescue ability of occupants
                 f. Resources
       Basic Offensive Plan:
                 a. Take command
                 b. Do primary search, if needed
                 c. First line - fast and aggressive interior attack
                 d. Provide support activities - ventilation, forcible entry, water supply, RIT
                 e. Second line - back up first line, cover exposures, and cover opposite side,
                 f. Quickly evaluate success and React
       Basic Defensive Plan:
                 a. Take Command
                 b. Evaluate fire spread, write-off lost property
                 c. Identify the tactical position
                 d. Prioritize fire streams
                 e. Provide big, well-placed streams
                 f. pump water - water supply
                 g. Quick determination of additional resources
                 h. Surround and drown
       Offensive fires should be fought from the interior-unburned side. Interior capability is the principal offensive strategy factor.

        Initial attack efforts must be directed toward supporting primary search - the first attack line must go between the victims and the fire,
        to protect avenues of escape.

        Determine fire location and extent before starting fire operation (as far as possible). Do not operate fire streams into smoke.

        Command must structure whatever operations are required to PUT WATER ON THE FIRE.
        The rescue, fire control, extension, exposure problems, are solved in the majority of the cases by a fast, strong, well-placed attack
        line.   Command must consider seven sides or sectors, of the fire:
                a. Front
                b. Back
                c. Left side
                d. Right side
                e. Top
                f. Bottom
                g. Interior


                                         Fire Control                                            Page 2 of 2

       Write-Off property that is already lost and go on to protect exposed property based on the most dangerous direction of spread.

       Do Not continue to operate in positions that are essentially lost.


       The decision to operate in a defensive mode indicates that the offensive attack strategy has been abandoned for the reason of
       personnel safety, and the involved structure has been conceded lost.

       All exposures, both immediate and anticipated, must be identified and covered. The first priority in defensive operations is to protect

       The second priority may be to knock down the main body of fire. This may assist in the protection of exposures, but does not replace
       it as first priority.

       Master streams are generally the most effective tactic to be employed in defensive operations. For tactical purposes, a standard master
       stream flow of 500 GPM should be a guideline. Adjustments may be made upward or downward from this figure. It is very significant
       in the initial deployment of master streams.

       When the exposure is severe and water is limited, the most effective tactic is to put water on the exposure.


       A.       The booster (red line) line shall not be used in any offensive fire ground operations. This includes, but not limited to,
                structure fires, vehicle fires, haz. mat. incidents. Wildland fires would be the only exception.

       B.       Fire suppression activities will utilize the 1.5" or 1.75" hose. Under extreme situations the 2.5" may be used at the i.c.
                discretion provide they have the needed personnel and water supply.

       C.       Water supply lines will consist of 2.5" or 3" hose. Mutual aid departments may be able to lay 4 or 5 inch supply lines as
                well as 2.5 or 3 inch.

       D.       All fire suppression hose lines will consist of at least two firefighters. The only exemption would be a red booster line in
                operation during wild land fire operations.


                                            BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                            Basic Structural Tactical Initiatives
GUIDELINE #:                        F-4320
ORIGINATION DATE:                   January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:                      January 01, 2006

         Basic Structural Tactical Initiative (BSTI) is a model initial deployment plan that identifies what we want to accomplish during the
         initial phases of a one-alarm structure fire. However, these tasks can be modified by Command at any time.
         The BSTI identifies tasks that must be performed on all structure fires. These tasks relates to the establishment of command, rescue,
         fire control, water supply, truck work and other tasks necessary to perform a safe fire attack.

       These initial tasks are assigned to units responding to the structure by their arrival on the fire scene. Each task is identified by what is
       to be done, by whom, and performed in a coordinated manner.
                 These initial tasks are:
                     Assume command
                     Conduct primary search
                     First attack line to base fire
                     Second attack line to a blocking position
                     Water supply
                     Ventilation
                     2 in – 2 out
                     Utilities
                     EMS
       The initial deployment plan creates a standard throughout the department as to what will be done (as a minimum) at all structure fires.
       The initial deployment plan helps eliminate confusion, speed initial deployment, improves communications, coordination and
       accountability. It complements the incident commander and improves firefighter safety.
       Command must evaluate his/her resources immediately to ensure all tasks are being performed. If not, command should call for
       additional units to complete the necessary tasks

         Serves as Incident Commander

      These guidelines provide the IC with a much easier job of coordinating fire ground activities.
       With a plan in place, even with poor communications, key tactical priorities are covered which increase safety and efficiency.

         The officer assuming command of this type of incident has the discretion to deviate from the SOP whenever necessary. However,
         communications to arriving companies become critical to insure they are aware of the change in attack plan.

         Such changes may occur with large complex structures, and defensive situations not suited for the standard initial attack plan—
         otherwise very little communications are required to properly deploy first alarm companies.
         It doesn’t matter how skilled and knowledgeable we are as individuals, but what is most important is how we can execute sound,
         tactical decisions as a team. Corporately we accomplish simultaneous tasks that work in connection with one another to bring the fire
         incident under control in a safe and efficient manner.
         Too often, we are making choices between safety and effectiveness. Standardization of first alarm task and responsibilities ensure a
         cooperative effort between responding units. The BSTI is another tool for the IC to use in coping with the increased demands placed
         on coordinating a fire attack safely.


                                           BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                              Personnel Accountability
GUIDELINE #:                          F-4322
ORIGINATION DATE:                     January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:                        January 01, 2006

At any given time during an emergency situation the on-scene commander should be able to account for the number and
general location of all personnel. With safety of our personnel the utmost importance, this procedure will be
implemented to maintain accountability of personnel.

Accountability involves every member of this department to make a personal commitment to operate within the safety
of this procedure.

Command will always maintain an accurate tracking and awareness of where resources are committed at an incident.
All crews will be accountable to Command or to a Sector Officer – freelancing is not acceptable. Sector Officers will
always maintain an accurate tracking and awareness of crews assigned to them.
Crews arriving on the scene will remain intact for all operations, unless directed otherwise by Command. Crews
entering IDLH will follow the procedures established by our 2-In/2-Out and Rapid Intervention Team Procedures.

To enhance accountability and improve tracking of personnel in the hazard zone, the ―PASSPORT‖ system will be
implemented. Passports involve a card, with crewmembers name affixed that is turned in to Accountability Officer or

A Personnel Accountability Report will be required for the following situations:
              Any report of a missing or trapped firefighter.
              A change from offensive to defensive attack.
              Any sudden hazardous event at the incident, i.e., flashover, backdraft, collapse, etc.
              By all crew(s) reporting an ―all clear.‖ Company Officer(s) of crew(s) responsible for search and
               rescue will ensure they have a PAR for their crew(s) at the time they report all clear.
              At the report of the situation under control.

Passport accountability will be maintained through a report of ―situation under control,‖ at which time a PAR will be conducted. Command will

determine at that time, based upon the situation and risk, as to whether to continue using this procedure. If visibility is still impaired or a

significant hazardous condition still exists, Command may choose to extend the use of this procedure.


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                       Fire Stream Management
GUIDELINE #:                   F- 4324
ORIGINATION DATE:              January 01, 2004                                                  Page 1 of 2
REVISION DATE:                 January 01, 2006

This standard will establish good fire stream management when working on a fire scene. The ability too chose the right
GPM flow for the job is essential when confronted with a fire situation.


The following attack lines will be carried on all engine companies.
           1. 1¾‖ attack lines

Pre-connected 13/4‖ attack line will consist of at least one 150’ and one 200’ line, hose load at discretion of

For all fire attacks made with 1 ¾‖ hand lines, the GPM flow will depend on the size of the fire. A proper size-up is
required to determine what flow rate is needed for extinguishment. The National Fire Academy recommends the
following formula to calculate required GPM flows:

                                       Length X Width = Required


After initial knockdown of the fire, the Company Officer may utilize any of the nozzle settings for overhaul operations.

When operating a 1¾” attack line at less than maximum flow and progress is not being made on knockdown;
you need to go to a larger flow. Remember communication with the pump operator to insure proper pump
pressures to achieve the required flow is essential to firefighter safety. It is the responsibility of the Company
Officer to insure the pump pressure and nozzle GPM flow matches. For a proper fire stream, it is imperative
that the correct engine pressure matches the selected GPM setting on the nozzle.


It may be necessary, at times to splice in extra section of hose to lengthen our attack lines.

When in offensive attack mode, hose lines should be advanced inside the fire building in order to control access to
halls, stairways, or other vertical and horizontal channels through which people and fire may travel.

Company officers must assume responsibility for the effectiveness of their fire streams. Officers must maintain an
awareness of where the fire streams are going, their effectiveness and then report the general operational characteristics
to the sector officer or command. Officers must be aware that nozzle diameter adjustment may be necessary in order to
produce an effective stream.

Command must maintain awareness of the position and function of hand lines operations.

                                      Fire Stream Management                                      Page 2 of 2

Elevated master streams are particularly useful and effective when operated on large open-type fires. A good general
rule is you have written off the building (or portion) when you initiate elevated master stream operations and you are in
a defensive attack mode. Ground crews will be advised before elevated master streams go into operation.

Do not operate fire streams down ventilation holes during offensive operations.

Do not apply water to the outside roof and think you are extinguishing the fire. Such water may offer effective
exposure protection. However, if part of the roof is intact, it will shed water and will prevent the stream from reaching
the seat of the fire. This is particularly true of elevated master streams.


Water supply lines should be at least 3‖ lines
Utilizing Tank water, Water tankers, Shuttle Operations.

Before using a mounted deluge set off an engine, the operator and/or firefighter will inspect the mounting bracket for
security of the deluge for safe operations.

The safe residual for all relay-pumping operations is considered to be 10 PSI. At 20 PSI, the pump operator will notify
command the supply engine is approaching its safe limits. Under no circumstances will the supply engine be operated
below 10-PSI residual.


Class A foam is to be used at a rate of 1/4 gallons (1 quarts) per 500 gallons of water.


 Each engine will have a foam eductor capable of flowing at least 95 GPM’s. The required eductor
inlet pressure will be 200 PSI with the eductor being located at the first coupling (50’) from the
engine. The maximum hose length after the eductor will be 300 feet. The nozzle for foam
operations will be an Akron 1¾” Turbojet set at GPM setting that matches the eductor’s setting.

Percentage settings for eductor’s will be 3% for hydrocarbon based flammable liquids and polar solvents. For vapor
suppression, the same percentages will be used on each type of flammable liquid.


                                          BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                             Incident Safety
GUIDELINE #:                         F- 4326
ORIGINATION DATE:                    January 01, 2004                                                                   Page 1 of 2
REVISION DATE:                       January 01, 2006

The intent of this procedure is to minimize fire ground confusion/congestion and to limit the number of personnel exposed to fire ground
hazards to only that necessary to successfully control the situation.

Fire ground perimeter is defined as ―The area inside an imaginary boundary that has been determined by safety considerations according to the
foreseeable hazards of the particular incident.‖

Command will identify a fire ground perimeter on all incidents and advise personnel of the boundaries of the perimeter. This can be done by
using any method, including, but not limited to Fire Line tape.

All personnel entering the fire ground perimeter will be required to meet the appropriate protective clothing requirement for safety.

Command has the responsibility to recognize situations involving a high risk to personnel and to initiate appropriate safety measures.

Command will establish a Safety Officer at the following incidents:

            1. Hazardous Materials
            2. Rescue incidents
            3. Multiple alarms (Mutual Aid)
            4. Working Fire Incidents
            5. Fatality Incidents
Command has the authority to establish a Safety Officer on any incident he/she feels it may be advantageous to the overall safety of the

Structures of other than fire protected/heavy timber construction are not designed to withstand the effects of fire and can be expected to fail
after approximately twenty (20) minutes of heavy fire involvement. Modern construction methods have produced roof structures that have
failed in a short period of time; some roofs have failed within the first five (5) minutes of heavy fire involvement.


All firefighting and rescue operations involve an inherent level of risk to firefighters. A basic level of risk is recognized and accepted, in a
measured and controlled manner, in efforts that are routinely employed to save lives and property. Remember, these risks are not acceptable
in situations where there is no potential to save lives.



                                                        Incident Safety                                           Page 2 of 2

A higher level of risk is acceptable only in situations where there is a realistic potential to save known endangered lives. This elevated risk must
be limited to operations that are specifically directed toward rescue and where there is a realistic potential to save the person(s) known to be in


It is the responsibility of the IC to evaluate the level of risk in every situation. This risk evaluation shall include an assessment of the presence,
survivability and potential to rescue occupants. When there is no potential to save lives, firefighters shall not be committed to operations
that present an elevated level of risk.

The responsibility for risk assessment is a continuous process for the entire duration of each incident. The IC shall continually reevaluate
conditions to determine if the level of risk has changed and a change in strategy and/or tactics is necessary. The IC shall assign one or more
safety officers to monitor and evaluate conditions to support this risk analysis.


All structural firefighting operations involve an inherent level of risk to firefighters. All feasible measures shall be taken to limit or avoid these
risks through risk assessment, constant vigilance and the conscientious application of safety policies and procedures.

The exposure of firefighters to an elevated level of risk is acceptable only in situations where there is a realistic potential to save known
endangered lives.

     No property is worth the life of a firefighter.

     No risk to the safety of firefighters is acceptable in situations where there is no possibility to save lives or      property.

     Firefighters shall not be committed to interior offensive fire fighting operations in abandoned or derelict buildings          that are known or
reasonably believed to be unoccupied.


When operating power equipment under emergency conditions, accident potential is high due to adverse conditions. A slight miscalculation or
sudden unplanned move can result in a serious accident. Performance skills coupled with the use of common sense and the strict adherence to
safety procedures can prevent accidents.

Command and company officer will determine the skill level of personnel operating power equipment and will follow all safety procedures that
are recommended by the manufacture of the equipment.


Use and apply the term fire ground to any and all incidents.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Water Supply Operations
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4361
ORIGINATION DATE:            June 01, 1999
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006                                                   Page 1 of 2

PURPOSE:          To organize resources and place responsibility for fire ground operations, to deliver and maintain a
                     reliable water source provided through tanker shuttle operations. This procedure should conform
                     to NFPA 1231.

1. Incident Commander.
        A. Responsibility for determination to implement water tender shuttle operation
        B. To implement
                1. Notify dispatch that water tenders(s) will be needed. If the closest unit is known you may advise
                   dispatch, if not, they will make a decision and send the closest one. Early notification for
                   additional resources will be the key to an effective water supply. Mutual aid or auto aid should be
        C. Appoint a water supply officer.
2. Water Supply Officer (WSO).
        A. Will be appointed by the incident commander
        B. Responsibilities
                   1. Determine the minimum water supply required for the incident. The absolute minimum will be
                       3,000 gallons.
                   2. Will maintain good radio communications with IC and tankers to assure delivery of the required
                       fire flow. (consider secondary freq.)
                   3. Determine the refill site(s)
                   4. Determine the location to set up dump tank(s) and which apparatus are capable of creating
                        a draft.
3. Water refill sites:
        A. Possible location(s)
                   1. Streams, Ponds, Cisterns (drafting required)
                   2. Pressurized hydrants
                   3. Swimming pools (drafting required)
                   4. Ditches (drafting required)
                   5. Private sprinkler systems
                   6. Dry hydrants (drafting required)
        B. To maximize refill times
                   1. Assign (1) firefighter to each refill site
                   2. Staff each tanker with a crew of two
                   3. Use hose clamps instead of turning valve(s) each time
        C. Accessibility of refill site
                   1. Should be accessible during all weather conditions
                   2. Consider traffic hazards
                   3. Consider drafting criteria
                   4. Consider Ingress and Egress routes for Tankers.

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4. Dump Tank Placement:
      A. Should be close to the attack pumper
      B. Remote set-up will require additional hose lay and engine
      C. Smooth, level area with hard and stable surface
      D. Consider multiple tanks
      E. An unimpeded drive-by set-up is preferred, a backing in type of situation will delay time
      F. The ―nursing‖ of tankers should be avoided

5. Drafting:
       A. Should be the responsibility of attack pumper
       B. Consider portable and auxiliary pumps
       C. Bryan and College Station fire departments have no drafting capabilities, an additional engine will need to
           respond with tankers.
       D. Maximum lift to draft will be ten-feet

6. Water Tender Operations:
      A. First arriving unit.
            1. Verify assignment with WSO
            2. Set-up dump tank as directed
            3. May be nursed while dump tank being set up
            4. Off load water and proceed to refill site
            5. After refilling leave hose connected for next arriving units to reduce refill times
            6. Return to scene, report to WSO and move into water shuttle rotation
      B. Additional arriving units.
            1. Report to WSO
            2. Either dump into existing dump tank or set up additional tank(s)
            3. Off load water and proceed to refill site
            4. Return to scene, report to WSO and move into water shuttle rotation

                                    BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                       Response to Hazardous Material, Terrorist and WMD Incidents
GUIDELINE #:                   F- 4362
ORIGINATION DATE:              May 01, 2001
REVISION DATE:                 January 01, 2006                                          Page 1 of 2

This standard operating procedure is intended to identify some hazards and precautions at sites where terrorist activity
may occur, and to establish some guidelines for responding to other possible terrorist sites.


There are many dangerous tools used by terrorist. We will discuss only the types of hazards. A short acronym used is

               Thermal………………………Fire, incendiary devices
               Radiological………………….Radioactive particles (alpha, beta, gamma)
               Asphyxiation…………………Carbon Monoxide, oxygen displacement
               Chemical……………………...Toxins (nerve agents, cyanide) acids, caustics
               Etiological…………………….Bacteria, viruses, rickettsia
               Mechanical……………………Bombs, gunshots


The main precautions that need to be taken are time, distance, and shielding. Time on the scene of any hazardous
incident should be limited or avoided, so we do not become victims ourselves. Distance refers to the zone between the
hazard and us. If we are not close enough to the danger, we will not be exposed to it. Shielding refers to the protective
clothing we wear or the objects we put between the hazard and us.

A terrorist incident is much like a hazardous material incident except that the terrorist is usually trying to cause injuries
to as many people as possible. Many times there will be a secondary device that is placed for emergency crews that are
responding to the scene. This is why caution must be taken when responding to any questionable incident and
especially to sites that have already been targeted. The information we receive about the nature of the call will
determine our course of action.

      1.      ROUTES
               The route that we take to a scene is easy determined by anyone trying to cause harm. The wind direction
               is also important to the responding unit in choosing a route.


             Response to Hazardous Material, Terrorist and WMD Incidents                         Page 2 of 2

      2.      STAGING
               This area should be selected upwind/uphill from any hazardous area. However, it needs to be close
               enough to begin to assess the situation, if possible. This location is difficult to see beyond
               approximately 500 feet.

      3.      SCENE PRIORITIES
                       A.     Life safety
                       B.     Protecting property
                       C.     Scene control
                       D.     Evacuations
      4.      CONDUCT
               The situations that we respond to require us to display a professional attitude every day. At times this
               can be very difficult. This site will be no different except in the area of media. We may also face
               taunting by demonstrators. We need to make sure that we maintain control of our emotions and our

When dispatch receives a call regarding a possible anthrax or similar situation, a Sheriff Deputy and Haz-Mat
Technician will be dispatched. Both will wait and enter scene at same time. Based on the investigation and
observations, one of the following actions will take place:
       1.      If the item does not fit ―suspicious criteria‖, the Officer will explain decision to owner and close the
               case. If the owner is not convinced or is still concerned, the Haz-Mat Tech. can take further steps
               deemed appropriate to satisfy the concerns or elect to Bag, Tag and Store (BT&S) the item.
       2.      If the item does fit the ―suspicious criteria‖, but does not have any visible signs of contamination, the
               Tech. can BT&S the item.
       3.      Item will then be taken by Tech to storage at Road And Bridge Department for Permanent disposal.
       4.      If the item does fit the ―suspicious‖ criteria‖, and/or does have visible signs of contamination, The haz-
               mat team will be dispatched to collect a sample and mitigate the item. In this scenario, all remediation
               and mitigation will be done on-site.
       5.      All items being BT&S must be double-bagged with zip-lock plastic bags with the outer bag being
               labeled with the owners name, address, and telephone number and case number.
       6.      The above method applies to mailed envelopes, packages and parcels, or other materials suspected of
               containing a chemical or biological agent.

       7.      REMEMBER- Your Bunker gear WILL NOT protect you in Most of these Situations.


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Atmosphere Monitoring
GUIDELINE #:                   F- 4364
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006

This guideline will be used to supplement issues that arise within the Departments policies and procedures, specifically
but not limited to F-4310 and F-4362.

   1.      The Department has at least one gas meter monitoring device. It should be utilized in all appropriate

   2.      Oxygen Readings:
              a.    19.5 % - 34%             No problems, No requirements

               Anything outside this range will require some protective measures.

   3.      Carbon Monoxide (CO) Readings:
              a.    less than 35 ppm    No problems, No requirements

               Anything outside this range will require some protective measures.

   4.      Hydrogen Sulfide (h2s) Readings:
              a.     less than 100 ppm     No problems, No requirements

               Anything outside this range will require some protective measures

   5.      Any Readings will require some protective measures.
              a.    All readings must be converted using a conversion chart.

Joe Ondrasek
Fire Chief

                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Qualification for Emergency Medical First Responders
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4400
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

   1. Outside these documents, the First Responder Program is guided by two local Agreements.
         A.      The EMS agreement between VFD and B/CS Fire Departments
         B.      Medical Protocols.
         C.      It is your responsibility to know them Very Well.

   2. All first responders must be active firefighters in this Department.

   3. First responders must be certified by Texas Department of Health as:
          A.      ECA
          B.      EMT (any level)

   4. Maintain current CPR certifications and provide copy to Department

   5. Must attend CE within the Department

   6. All first responders must be approved by the Fire Chief

   7. Poor participation in this program, may require that individual to return any issued equipment from Department.

   8. An annual evaluation of protocol knowledge and skills will be required.

   9. Responsible for meeting all Texas Dept. of Health C.E. requirements and shall provide a copy to Department.

   10. Released by medical director.

   11. Each new first responder Certified as ECA will record a minimum of 12 hours on BFD/CSFD ambulance with
       two transports, prior to being released by medical director.

   12. Each Person in the Fire Department is required to get and maintain at least a Emergency Care Attendant
       certification with the Texas Department of Health.

   13. Each Person will complete process of approval by medical director.

                                    BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                       Response to EMS Incidents
GUIDELINE #:                   F- 4402
ORIGINATION DATE:              October 10, 1994
REVISION DATE:                 January 01, 2006

1.   Only those firefighters who are selected as first responders, will respond to any calls
     as a first responder. Unless, a special call out for additional personnel is given.

2.   First responders may respond to any first response call within the county and outside the city's.
     PROVIDED they can arrive on the scene prior to or reasonable behind the ambulance. In District 4 there is
     no arrival time requirement, available personnel should respond and if necessary can be cancelled by the
     ambulance crew.

3.   For all medical calls the first responder will respond in their pov direct to the scene. They may respond in an
     apparatus, IF this will not delay arrival on scene.
4.   For all fire incidents in which the first responders are toned out for, the first priority is to get the appropriate
     apparatus on scene. If directed by the Officer in charge a first responder may go direct to assist in medical care.

5.   The operating radio frequency for first responder calls will be Pct. 4 primary channel.

6.   Precinct 4 first responders by agreement will respond as an entity 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

7.   All Emergency Responders MUST be clearly identified as to their name, service, and TDH certification.


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Standards of Emergency Medical Care
GUIDELINE #:                  F- 4403
ORIGINATION DATE:             October 10, 1994
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006


1.   Emergency Care provided will provide Basic Life Support to all patients, until the responding ambulance arrives
     on the scene.

2.   Once the ambulance arrives on the scene, the Precinct 4 personnel will, if needed, continue with patient care as
     directed by the attending personnel.

4.   All care provided shall conform to protocols approved by our Medical Director.

5.   Patient care rendered by Precinct 4 personnel will be reviewed internally, and by BFD/CSFD/Receiving Hospital
     as part of their QI programs.

6.   Under typical situations a maximum of three first responders can perform patient care on any one patient.

7.   In the event protocol deviation and/or error, a written report will be provided with Patient run report. It will be
     completed in accordance with protocol guideline.

8.   Precinct 4 personnel shall meet or exceed the standards of care set forth by the Departments Medical Director.

9.   All Precinct 4 personnel will maintain at a minimum:
       a.      Health Care provider CPR card
       b.      ECA Training


                                   BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Patient Care Responsibility
GUIDELINE #:                  F- 4406
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006


1.   The responding ambulance has the ultimate responsibility with regard to patient care.

2.   Prior to the arrival of the ambulance. The first responder on the scene with the
     higher level of training shall be in charge of patient care. Other providers on the scene have no authority in
     directing our patient care. The only example would be if the patient's doctor is on scene, or other physician who is
     going to take responsibility for the patient which would include riding in on the ambulance.

3.   On any incident, the individual who is senior in rank will have the responsibility for managing the incident. This
       does not include patient care.

4.   Upon the arrival of the responding ambulance, they will take control of patient care. If there is a need, we are still
       responsible for the proper management of that incident. A complete report shall be given to the ambulance
       attendants to include:
              a.       Description of situation upon arrival
              b.       Names and certifications of primary first responder care givers.
              c.       Patient condition, vitals, past & present history, medications, allergies.
              d.       Care rendered by first responders and patient response to that care.

5. Riding in on the Ambulance

      A.    Once the responding ambulance has taken a patient report, the patient care is their responsibility. If
            Care is rendered on the scene was not in the protocols for the transporting ambulance, that first
            responder will be required to continue patient care into the hospital.

       B.    The ambulance attendance may ask for your help during transport. The first responder must remember, that
             the ambulance is not responsible getting you back to your vehicle.


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Canceling The Responding Ambulance
GUIDELINE #:                  F- 4407
ORIGINATION DATE:             January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006


1.   The first responders on the scene may only cancel the ambulance under one of the following
                a. The incident command system is established, there were multiple patients
                   and multiple ambulances were sent and are not needed. I/C will cancel units.
                b. There was a fire response along with ambulance, and no incident found.
                c. The fire incident was minor, no obvious injuries, no complaints period,
                    minor mechanism of injury damage, no one under 18 year old involved
                    without guardian supervision.
                d. Patient refusal.
                e. A deceased person

2.   Before an additional ambulance can be canceled, the IC must coordinate with triage
     officer or other ambulance on the scene to confirm that additional medics not needed.

3.   Any time a single responding ambulance is canceled or cancels themselves,
     a complete report should be completed on the incident. This will include a medical
     report and a fire report.

4.   A patient refusal must be obtained on all patients involved in the incident, should IC
     cancel the responding ambulance.

5.   A report should be given to the responding ambulance as soon as possible, with
     regard to number and condition of patients.

6.   Precinct 4 personnel NOT certified as at least a ECA can not cancel the responding ambulance when an accident is
     found, people are involved, etc.

7.   Ambulance personnel may cancel first responders if they are not needed.
     Remember, that on MVA we will still be required to have a fire response.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Safety of EMS Staff
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4409
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006


1.    When dispatched to a stabbing, shooting, assault, or other violate scene. The first responder will stage at a safe
      location away from the incident, until the scene has been secured by law enforcement or the responding
      personnel can feel comfortable the scene is safe based on dispatch information.

2.    All Department personnel shall wear full protective clothing on fire incidents until the area they are in has been
      deemed safe by Incident Command.

      All Motor Vehicle Accidents are considered to be a fire incident.

      All personnel on a fire incident within the work zone, shall have the minimum protective clothing required by
      the Department.

      Incident Command shall dictate the level of protection needed on the incident.

3.    All Medical incidents will not require that the Department personnel wear protective clothing, unless the
      conditions warrant.

      On those medical incidents that require the responders to wear protective clothing, Incident command will be
      established and this incident treated as a Fire incident. This means additional fire personnel should respond to
      assist with management of the incident.

4.    ALL Department personnel will use universal precautions when providing any medical care or making patient

      It will be the responsibility of each individual to make certain they have the necessary protective equipment
      available from the Department with them.

      In the event an exposure is believed to have occurred. The appropriate forms available at the station should be
      completed immediately and delivered to the hospital E.R. of which the patient was transported.

      The fire chief should be notified as soon as possible


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Trauma Bag Inventory
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4412
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006

1.    The following is a minimum list of supplies that must be carried by all first responders. All first responders
      must have this bag when responding to incidents. Along with a copy of the protocols.

                     Basic Life Support

      1. Cold pack                                  19.   OB kit                           37. N/95 or better
      2. Pocket mask                                20.   Trauma dressing                      Particulate mask
      3. Burn sheet                                 21.   Set of oral airways (size 0-6)
      4. latex gloves (10 pair)                     22.   Isolation kit
      5. Adult B/P kit                              23.   Combine dressing 5x9 (2)
      6. Stethoscope                                24.   Tape 1"
      7. Shears/scissors                            25.   Non sterile 4x4's (10)
      8. 4‖ Kling/kerlix bandages (4)               26.   Sterile 4x4's (5)
      9. Band aids (10)                             27.   Glucometer
      10. Ring cutter                               28.   Bite Stick
      11. Vaseline gauze (2)                        29.   Pen light
      12. Adult n/r mask (2)                        30.   Emesis bag
      13. Antiseptic Hand cleaner                   31.   Oxygen (d) cylinder
      14. Adult nasal cannula                       32.   Patient information pad
      15. Inventory usage form                      33.   Triangular Bandages (3)
      16. C-Collar, Adult, Adjustable               34.   Eye Pads (3)
      17. B.V.M                                     35.   Combi-Tube (1)
      18. Rescue Blanket                            36.   Protocols

Optional Equipment: Pulse Ox,

                     Advanced Life Support



                                BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                    Replacement of EMS Supplies
GUIDELINE #:                F- 4417
ORIGINATION DATE:           January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:              January 01, 2006


1.    Any and all Department medical supplies used on an incident will be replaced by the transporting ambulance.
      This should be done on the scene if at all possible, provided patient care or transport is not unnecessarily
      delayed. If these supplies can not be replaced on the scene, then Department personnel should follow the
      ambulance to the hospital to pick up needed supplies. Any backboard and straps that are used will be picked up
      at the hospital by Department personnel later, and should not be replaced off the transporting ambulance.

2.    Medical supplies used by Department personnel functioning within their obligation to this Department, can be
      replaced from the EMS supply closet at Station 3. Supplies used outside this capacity will be replaced by
      Individual AT their Expense.

3.    When supplies are replaced off the ambulance by first responders, a list will be supplied to the medic crew on
      the items taken.


                                 BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     Juvenile Death, Injury, Illness
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4420
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1997
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006


1.    In the case that one or more of the following situations are found on any scene
      involving a child under the age of 18 years, the appropriate law enforcement
      agency having jurisdiction for that scene will be notified and advised of the
      circumstances, suggesting that an investigation may need to be initiated.

             A. Serious illness or malady that may likely result in death;

             B. Any injuries (not life-threatening) in which the method of injury is
                obviously not accidental;

             C. All life-threatening injuries; or

             D. Any other suspicious circumstances involving a child or children.

2.    This contact with law enforcement is crucial so that the death and abuse / neglect
      case investigations can be initiated in a timely fashion. Priority response will be
      assigned to these notifications in order to secure potential crime scenes and protect


                                         BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                           Personal Protective Equipment
GUIDELINE #:                       F- 4430
ORIGINATION DATE:                  January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:                     January 01, 2006                                                                 Page 1 of 2

Full Personal Protective Equipment will consist of NFPA APPROVED:

Protective Hood / Bunker coat / Bunker Pants & Boots / Helmet with Shield / Firefighting Gloves
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus with Pass Device

Structure Fires / Vehicle Fires / Hazardous Material Incidents / Automatic Alarms / Smoke In a Structure / Aircraft Emergencies
Major Vehicle Accidents (excluding SCBA)
Any type of incident that has potential for bodily harm to responding personnel
Removal of protective clothing may be done at the discretion of the Incident Commander after the scene has been assessed and deemed safe to
do so. The Incident Commander is ultimately responsible for proper protection of all personnel operating at an incident scene.

Each employee will inspect his/her PPE at the beginning of each Month. Any defects will be reported immediately to their direct supervisor.
Employees are responsible for the cleanliness of their PPE.

Cleaning of PPE will be as follows:
    1. Routine Cleaning- This is a light cleaning performed by the employee without taking the PPE out of service. Examples are brushing
         of dry debris, rinsing off debris with a water hose and spot cleaning.
    2. Advanced Cleaning- This is a thorough washing with cleaning agents. This usually will require the PPE to be temporarily out of
         service. Examples are hand washing, machine washing or contract cleaning.
    3. Specialized Cleaning- This cleaning of PPE will be to remove hazardous materials or biological agents. This involves specific
         procedures and specialized cleaning agents and processes.
According to NFPA & Manufacturer’s guidelines protective clothing should be washed and or cleaned at least every six months and as soon as
possible after contamination or exposure to blood or body fluids, tars, fuels, oils, resins, paints, acids or any other hazardous material.

Always wash protective clothing separately from other garments. Never wash protective clothing at home or at public laundry facilities to avoid
spread of chemical contamination or toxic combustion products to other laundry.

Never dry clean protective clothing. There are many components in the clothing that will not function properly if dry-cleaned.

Never use high velocity power washers for cleaning PPE. They can severely damage the materials and seams.

Detach outer shells from inner linens. Pre-treat heavily soiled garments.
Liquid detergents can be: Wisk, Cheer, Tide, Fab, etc. Non-chlorine bleach can be: liquid Clorox 2 or vivid. For spot cleaning and pre-
treating use: spray and wash liquid shout, liquid tide, or liquid dishwashing detergent.

Never use chlorine bleach on PPE it seriously removes the protective quality of the PPE.


                                            Personal Protective Equipment                                                    Page 2 of 2

Personal protective equipment will be inspected quarterly by the Assistant Chief. A serviceability form will be filled out for each shift
member. The form will be sent to the Assistant Chief of Operations for filing.
Inspection shall include, as a minimum, the following:
(A)        Coats and trousers shall be inspected for the following:
                    (1) Soiling
                    (2) Contamination from hazardous materials or biological agents
                    (3) Physical damage, such as the following:
                              a. Rips, tears, and cuts
                              b. Damaged / missing hardware and closure systems
                              c. Thermal damage such as charring, burn holes, or melting
                    (4) Damaged or missing reflective trim
(B)        Hoods shall be inspected for the following:
                    (1) Soiling
                    (2) Contamination from hazardous materials or biological agents
                    (3) Physical damage, such as the following:
                              a. Rips, tears, and cuts
                              b. Thermal damage such as charring, burn holes, or melting
                    (4) Loss of face opening elasticity
(C)        Helmets shall be inspected for the following:
                    (1) Soiling
                    (2) Contamination from hazardous materials or biological agents
                    (3) Physical damage to the shell, such as the following:
                              a. Cracks, dents, or abrasions
                              b. Thermal damage to the shell
                    (4) Physical damage to the earflaps, such as the following:
                              a. Rips, tears, and cuts
                              b. Thermal damage such as charring, and burn holes
                    (5) Damaged or missing components of the suspension and retention systems
                    (6) Damaged or missing components of the face shield, discoloration and scratches of the face shield
                    (7) Damaged or missing reflective trim
(D)        Gloves shall be inspected for the following:
                    (1) Soiling
                    (2) Contamination from hazardous materials or biological agents
                    (3) Physical damage, such as the following:
                              a. Rips, tears, and cuts
                              b. Thermal damage such as char or burn holes
                              c. Inverted liner
                    (4) Shrinkage
                    (5) Loss of elasticity / flexibility
(E)        Footwear shall be inspected for the following:
                    (1) Soiling
                    (2) Contamination from hazardous materials or biological agents
                    (3) Physical damage, such as the following:
                              a. Cuts, tears, and punctures
                              b. Thermal damage such as char, burn holes, and melting
                              c. Exposed / deformed steel mid-sole, and shank
                    (4) Loss of water resistance
(F)        Manufacturer’s tags stating compliance with the appropriate NFPA standard must be affixed to each item of PPE.
(G)        All personnel accountability tags must be present and readable.
Any protective equipment damaged or in need of repair will be taken out of service and will be forwarded to the Fire Chief for repair /
replacement. When protective equipment is taken out of service for repair, temporary replacement gear can be found at the storage building at
the drill field (bunker pants, coats) and in the storage room at station 1 (helmets, hoods, boots, gloves).
____________________ JOE ONDRASEK, FIRE CHIEF

                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                     SCBA Maintenance
GUIDELINE #:                 F- 4502
ORIGINATION DATE:            January 01, 1992
REVISION DATE:               January 01, 2006


1.    All SCBA's will be checked weekly along with the vehicle.

2.    Each month a qualified technician will complete an inspection of each SCBA.

3.    When an SCBA is used it will be checked and cleaned after each use.

4.    Only full air bottles should be put back on the apparatus. Utilize BFD station one cascade to refill air bottles.
      Teex and CSFD also have this ability.

5.    All air bottles will be hydro tested as required.

6.    All SCBA'S will be flow tested every two years.

7.    Air bottles should be refilled at 4000 psi.


                                        BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                           Mass Casualty Incident
GUIDELINE #:                       F-4525
ORIGINATION DATE:                  January 01, 2004
REVISION DATE:                     January 01, 2006

    A. A multi-casualty incident (MCI) can occur at any hour on any day. Multi-casualty incidents can exist as a result of transportation
        accidents, natural disasters and other events such as hazardous materials incidents and natural gas explosions.

    B. Because of the uncertainty of the form in which a mass-casualty incident may occur, it is imperative that an emergency response
       organization be prepared to deal with the large number of victims which may be involved.

    C. An MCI exists when number of victims involved exceeds the capabilities of the first arriving emergency responders.

Purpose of the plan
   A. The purpose of this plan is to provide effective guidelines for the emergency response personnel to operate during an MCI.

    B. This plan will only cover the medical aspects of an MCI and should be used in conjunction with the already established Incident
       Command system.

    C. Our Plan will be the one adopted by Brazos County Emergency Management.

  A. Incident Command Officer shall:
        1. Be responsible for the overall scene management within the Incident Command System structure.

   B. Medical Command Officer shall:
      1. Be an officer with in-depth knowledge of the Incident Command System and the MCI plan.
      2. Be responsible for the duty assignment and coordination of all Medical Branch Officers outlined in this plan.

   C. Triage Officer shall;
       1. Be filled by any person with a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.
       2. Be responsible for the triage of victims at the scene of an MCI.
   D. Treatment officer shall:
       1. Hold a minimum of Paramedic certification. The Medical Director can also act as the Treatment Officer.
       2. Be responsible for overseeing the treatment of patients before transport to a medical facility.

   E. Transportation Officer shall:
       1. Be responsible for coordinating the timely transportation of the injured to a medical facility.

   F. Recovery Officer shall:
       1. Be responsible for assembling teams of personnel to retrieve the injured from the scene.

   G. Ambulance Crews shall:
       1. Position themselves at the designated staging area upon arrival at the incident.
       2. Respond with their unit to the treatment area when requested.
   H. Triage Procedures
          1. Triage will be initiated by the first arriving unit as assigned by the Incident Commander utilizing the S.T.A.R.T. method of


                                  BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                      Inspections for Apparatus and Equipment
GUIDELINE #:                  F- 4600
ORIGINATION DATE:             October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:                January 01, 2006

1. All Department apparatus WILL have a vehicle and equipment check completed at least once week.

2.   All Department apparatus should be full of fuel and water upon returning to the station. The apparatus should also
       be checked for other fluid levels and any obvious problems.

3.   All Department equipment will be checked for proper operation and any problems at least once a week.

4.   All firefighters will have some responsibility in the maintenance program.

5.   Any apparatus or equipment found to be unsafe to operate, will be placed out of service immediately. Any
       apparatus or equipment in need of repair, should be repaired Immediately if possible and not taken out of
       service unless absolutely necessary.
       If an apparatus or equipment is taken out of service, YOU must contact the Station Lt or Assistant Chief or Fire
       Chief immediately. They will advise whether to make an announcement tone or not and what further action is

6.   Each fire pump whether mounted or portable will have a minimum of 250 gallons of water pumped through it each
       month. On a regular basis each pump will be back flushed accordingly.

7.   SCBA’s will be checked weekly with the trucks and have a MONTHLY inspection completed.

8.   All Portable, Hydraulic, Gas Equipment will be checked weekly with rest of Equipment.

9. Weekly and Monthly MAINTENANCE REPORTS must be turned in at end of each month by station Lt’s.

10. All Department Apparatus will be assigned a Unit Number. We use a County wide three digit system.
        A. The First digit represent the Department (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-bryan and 7 college Station)
        B. The second represent the type of apparatus
              i.       20's - engine
              ii.      30's- water tenders
              iii.     40's- booster rigs
              iv.      50's- rescue/ladder units
        C. The last digit is the station number it is coming from.
        D. Examples:
              i.       431- Pct.4 tanker out of station one
              ii.      422- Pct.4 engine out of station two
              iii.     443- Pct.4 booster out of station three

                               BRAZOS COUNTY PCT.4 FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:                   Minimum Training Requirements Recruit FireFighters
GUIDELINE #:               F- 4700
ORIGINATION DATE:          October 01, 1994
REVISION DATE:             January 01, 2006

1.   Recruit Firefighter Minimum Hours: (see duties of firefighters guideline) Total         26 hours
            #1       Fire dept. organization   2 hours #16      Communications               2 hours
            #4       Hose handling             2 hours #17      Public relations             2 hours
            #5      Salvage & overhaul         2 hours #19      Def. / Emergency driv.       3 hours
            #6      Fire streams               2 hours #23      Safety                       2 hours
            #7      Apparatus practice         2 hours #23      Protect. clothing            2 hours
            #15 Fire behavior                  2 hours #27      Scba's                       3 hours

2.   Recruit Firefighter Introductory Hours: Total of 70 Hours
            #1      Fire Dept. Org.               2 hours #2     Forcible Entry              2 hours
            #3      Ladders                       6 hours #4     Fire Hose                   12 hours
            #6      Fire Streams                  4 hours #8     Ventilation                 7 hours
            #9      Rescue Ops                    8 hours #10    First Aid                   4 hours
            #15 Fire Behavior                     8 hours #23    Safety & Protective Cl.     4 hours
            #25 Ground Cover                      3 hours #27    SCBA                        10 hours

3.   Level I Firefighter Minimum Hours. (released,as firefighter without any restrictions) Total 120   Hours
             #1     fire dept. org.      2 hours                     #2         forcible entry         2 hours
             #3     ladders              6 hours                     #4         hose handling          12 hours
             #5     salv/overhaul        2 hours                     #6         fire streams           4 hours
             #7     app. practice        6 hours                     #8         ventilation            7 hours
             #9     rescue               8 hours                     #10        first aid              4 hours
             #11 inspections             2 hours                     #12        water supplies         2 hours
             #13 fire prot.syst.         2 hours                     #14        trans. emerg.          1 hours
             #15 fire behavior           8 hours                     #16        communications         2 hours
             #17 pub.relations           2 hours                     #18        records/reports        1 hours
             #19 emerg. driv.            6 hours                     #20        emerg. mgmt.           0 hours
             #21 fire cause              4 hours                     #22        live fire training     4 hours
             #23 safety/p.c.             4 hours                     #24        hydraulics/pumps       4 hours
             #25 ground cover            3 hours                     #26        haz.material           4 hours
             #27 scba's                  10 hours                    #28        ropes                  4 hours
             #29 port.ext.               2 hours                     #30        bldg. constr.          0 hours
             #31 ed.            2 hours

4.   Level II Firefighter, Acredited as Basic Firefighter with SFFMA


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