LSFD SOP Handbook
Welcome to the Elementum Fire and EMS Department. Outlined within this document will contain any information you need to know about serving as a Firefighter with Elementum Fire. We expect all members to red this thoroughly and learn it, this is your handbook and your bible while you are serving as a firefighter with this department.
The Elementum Fire Departments Mission is to Protect life and property, and foster economic growth in the community through a commitment to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. As a fire department we are an all risk life safety response provider.
To conduct yourself in such a way while on duty with the Elementum FD that would come across as calm and professional with all people you meet. You are a representative of your community and we want our community to have a positive view of us as a whole
Service - Dedication to your community and those in it
Commitment - honor the firefighter oath
Integrity - upholding moral and ethical conduct at all times
Respect - Acknowledging Diversity and recognizing individual worth
Innovation - Taking creative risks to adapt and improve
Trust - Reliance on the integrity, strength, and ability of your fellow firefighters
Professionalism - Conducting yourself in a manor that will leave a lasting good impression
Teamwork is key
Operate with a vision of the future in mind
operate ethically and with integrity
Firefighter 1 - Probationary firefighter (the Newbie)
Firefighter 2 - Proven firefighter (the Senior)
Captain - assists the chiefs, trains and vets those below him (the Salty dog)
Chief - oversees all that goes on in the department (the "too close to retirement")
Firefighter One: The role of the Firefighter I is to take every chance he possibly can to help out those they work with and those they encounter while on duty. It is very important for them to leave a good and lasting impression on the people they will surround themselves with.
Firefighter two: The role of the Firefighter II is that of an older sibling. Look out for the Firefighter I’s and make sure they know what they are doing, taking every chance you can to teach them something and possibly learn something yourself.
Captain: As captain your role be that more of a parent. You will watch out for both firefighter I and II and make sure they are receiving adequate training, and training often as well. Secondly it will be your job (as the parent) to administer punishments to those deserving of it.
Chief: As Chief it is your job to handle your resources and manage your department. You and those you work alongside are the reason everything runs so smoothly, no feat can be accomplished by one person, teamwork and learning are key. The Chief is responsible for letting people into the department and kicking people out. The Chief is the final say on all administrative decisions.
Getting a Promotion
Promotion up the ranks will come in time. There is no set length of time that you should move up the ranks but if you do your job and do it to the best of your ability you should move up relatively fast. Now once you achieve Firefighter II it is your job to set the example, be a leader and your leaders will take notice and recommend you to the chief for a promotion to captain, the captain's rank comes with a lot of time and a lot of responsibility. After captain the rank of chief may only be received if a position becomes available.
Among our choices for uniforms are Turnout gear (fire), an EMS/Paramedic uniform, and a doctor uniform.
All persons operating as fire should be donned in turnout gear at all times while on duty. you should also have a helmet on at all times to signify your rank. There is an SCBA avalible to us, the only time this should be used is if there is fire, and/or toxic gasses present.
firefighter one - yellow helmet w/ orange shield
firefighter two - yellow helmet w/ black shield
captain - red helmet w/ white shield
chief - white helmet w/ white shield
there is a little more freedom here as to what you want to wear but if you are on duty solely as an EMT/Paramedic/doctor you may not wear turnout gear.
*An ambulance must be on duty at all times
Ambulance: This vehicle is available to all to drive. If you are driving the ambulance in the fire skin it is up to you weather you wear turnout gear or the paramedic uniform. If you are driving it with one of the EMS skins please wear a paramedic uniform. The ambulance should respond to all calls were injury may be possible (car wrecks, reported shootings, etc.).
Firetruck: This vehicle is available to all but should not be pulled out if there is no ambulance on duty. If you are driving this vehicle you should be wearing turnout gear. This vehicle should respond to all calls.
General training: As previously stated it is the job of every firefighter to train rigorously and train often. This job is not about looking or being cool, it is about serving and protecting your community. The day you stop training and learning as a firefighter should be the day you retire. General training should consist of basic knowledge and familiarizing yourself with the department's resources.
Driver training: All firefighter ones should receive some form of training from a senior firefighter. This training should review under what circumstances should a certain vehicle leave the station and how it should be utilized while out.
Arrival training: This is called the “First and Ten” and focuses on everything that should be done as soon as you can see what you are rolling up on. No call is set in stone, call assessment should start from the time dispatch is sent to the time you get back to the station. This training should teach; how and where to park vehicles, how to approach the scene, and how to assess the area and what needs to be done to preserve life and property.
Pilot training: All Firefighter twos and above should be certified to fly by a senior firefighter. This training should express how to fly, land, where to land, and under what circumstances should a helicopter be pulled.
*all topics listed in this document are subject to future change*
I am proud to be a firefighter.
I revere that long line of expert firefighters who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self, have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in good times and bad, throughout the world.
I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of the fire service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.
I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.
I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.
I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.
I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.
I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.
I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.
I shall sell my life dearly to my enemy fire but give it freely to rescue those in peril.
With God’s help,
I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works.
Written by former FD Chief @Portal2TheMoon