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 Welcome to the FFCC Policy & SOG Program!

Welcome to our new series of resources called the “FFCC Policy & SOG Program”.  Modeled after the Fire Drill of the Week format, each month we will feature in .pdf format a template for department’s to utilize in developing their own policies and SOG’s.  With an emphasis on critical firefighter safety topics, we hope that this new series will be a valuable resource for our readers.

Each policy/SOG template will include:

  • Color coding using the red-yellow-green system
  • The Gordon Graham risk and frequency classification
  •  A link to a custom report related to firefighter safety developed by the National Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System
  • References and resources

Red-Yellow-Green color coding

One method of classifying department policies and SOG’s is the red-yellow-green color coding system.  The color code can either be at the top of the document, the color of the paper (although red is a tough color to read from) or the color of the tabs in the policy manual.  Examples of what would be in each category include:

  • Red – includes emergency operations, emergency vehicle operations, civilian evacuation, roadway safety, MAYDAY, SCBA, RIT and related topics.  Essentially anything that during an emergency could get a firefighter or a civilian injured or killed.
  • Yellow - these are the tasks that we do a lot (high risk and high frequency) and the ones that are high risk and low frequency but give us time to think.  Personnel policies including drug testing, sexual harassment, and report writing would be in this category.
  • Green (or white)- these are the tasks that create a low opportunity for any of the above areas of concerns or exposure. Examples include the uniform or grooming policy, shift scheduling, or daily station duties. Round figures, 80% of your fire departments policies will be on white paper.

Risk and Frequency classification

Anyone familiar with FFCC’s co-founder Gordon Graham will also be familiar with his risk and frequency classification system.  Basically it organizes any task or in this case policy/SOG topic into one of 4 classifications:

  • High Risk/High Frequency
  • High Risk/Low Frequency
  • Low Risk/Low Frequency
  • Low Risk/High Frequency

 

A good introduction to this system can be found at: http://www.gordongraham.com/pdfs/GREFS_NPCCR.pdf

National Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System

Each policy/SOG template related to firefighter safety will have a link to a custom   near-miss report on that topic.  This great additional resource is being developed by the great folks at the National Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System.

References and Resources

Each template will also include appropriate references such as NFPA and OSHA standards and other resources for you to use in developing your own policies.  Several outstanding resources exist on the internet through fire departments and other organizations placing their policies and SOGs on line.  The following departments have their policies and/or SOGs available for download from the internet:

Ponderosa VFD (Texas)

Dekalb County FD (Tennessee)

Winter Park FD (Florida)

Columbia FD (South Carolina)

Upper Allen Twp. FD (Pennsylvania)

Decatur Twp. FD (Indiana)

Everyone Goes Home

Hyattsville FD (Maryland)

IAFC – Emergency Vehicle Safety

Redlands FD (California)

Glendale FD (Ohio)

Mechanicsville FD (Maryland)

Fitchburg FD (Wisconsin)

Galveston FD (Texas)

Sam Bass FD (Texas)

Clinton Twp (Ohio)
Sizeup & Transitioned Fire Attack

Novato Fire District (CA)

Evandale FD (OH)            Training Policies

Columbus Div. of Fire (OH) Vacant Structure Policy

Westport FD (Washington)

Copley FD (Ohio)


   

 

 

 

 


SOP/SOG
12-03 - SOG Philosophy and Definitions.pdf 12-03 - SOG Philosophy and Definitions
Title : 12-03 - SOG Philosophy and Definitions
Date uploaded : 04/15/2012
File Details : 12-03 - SOG Philosophy and Definitions
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12-02 - Development of policy and SOG.pdf 12-02 - Development of policy and SOG
Title : 12-02 - Development of policy and SOG
Date uploaded : 04/15/2012
File Details : 12-02 - Development of policy and SOG
Download Size : 232.49 KB   
12-01 - Policy-SOG Program.pdf 12-01 -Policy SOG Program
Title : 12-01 -Policy SOG Program
Date uploaded : 12/14/2011
File Details : 12-01 - SOG Program
Download Size : 145.04 KB   
10-11 - Confined Space - First Arriving Companies.pdf 10-11 - Confined Space - First Arriving Companies.pdf
Title : 10-11 - Confined Space - First Arriving Companies
Date uploaded : 12/14/2010
File Details : Confined Space - First Arriving Companies
Download Size : 279.41 KB   
Initial Company Actions - Confined Space Checklist.pdf Confined Space Checklist
Title : 10-11 - Confined Space - Confined Space Checklist
Date uploaded : 12/14/2010
File Details : 10-11 - Confined Space - Confined Space Checklist
Download Size : 160.84 KB   
10-09 - Trench Collapse - First Arriving Companies.pdf 10-09 - Trench Collapse - First Arriving Companies.pdf
Title : 10-09 - Trench Collapse
Date uploaded : 09/09/2010
File Details : 10-09 - Trench Collapse
Download Size : 274.08 KB   
10-09 - Trench Collapse Checklist.pdf 10-09 - Trench Collapse Checklist.pdf
Title : 10-09 - Trench Collapse
Date uploaded : 09/09/2010
File Details : 10-09 - Trench Collapse
Download Size : 207.02 KB   
10-06 - Response to Violent Incidents.pdf 10-06 - Response to Violent Incidents.pdf
Title : 10-06 - Response to Violent Incidents
Date uploaded : 07/07/2010
File Details : 10-06 - Response to Violent Incidents
Download Size : 142.61 KB   
10-03 - Incident Scene Rehabilitation.pdf 10-03 - Incident Scene Rehabilitation
Title : 10-03 - Incident Scene Rehabilitation
Date uploaded : 03/25/2010
File Details : 10-03 - Incident Scene Rehabilitation
Download Size : 187.95 KB   
09-11 - Personal Protective Clothing-Equipment.pdf 09-11 - Personal Protective Clothing-Equipment
Title : 09-11 - Personal Protective Clothing-Equipment
Date uploaded : 03/22/2010
File Details : 09-11 - Personal Protective Clothing-Equipment
Download Size : 161.23 KB   
09-10 - Personnel Accountability System.pdf 09-10 - Personnel Accountability System
Title : 09-10 - Personnel Accountability System
Date uploaded : 12/06/2009
File Details : 09-10 - Personnel Accountability System
Download Size : 266.05 KB   
09-09 - Rapid Intervention Team.pdf 09-09 - Rapid Intervention Team
Title : 09-09 - Rapid Intervention Team
Date uploaded : 12/06/2009
File Details : 09-09 - Rapid Intervention Team
Download Size : 576.98 KB   
09-08 - Initial Rapid Intervention Crew.pdf 09-08 - Initial Rapid Intervention Crew
Title : 09-08 - Initial Rapid Intervention Crew
Date uploaded : 10/17/2009
File Details : 09-08 - Initial Rapid Intervention Crew
Download Size : 263.06 KB   
09-07 - Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.pdf 09-07- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Title : 09-07- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Date uploaded : 10/02/2009
File Details : 09-07- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Download Size : 283.59 KB   
09-06 - Apparatus and Vehicle Operations.pdf 09-06 - Apparatus and Vehicle Operations
Title : 09-06 - Apparatus and Vehicle Operations
Date uploaded : 06/13/2009
File Details : 09-06 - Apparatus and Vehicle Operations
Download Size : 279.49 KB   
09-05 - Lost-Trapped FF - Self Survival Actions.pdf Near Miss Reports - Lost or Trapped.
Title : Near Miss Reports - Lost or Trapped
Date uploaded : 03/13/2014
File Details : Near Miss Reports - Lost or Trapped
Download Size : 293.2 KB   
09-04 - MAYDAY - Command Actions(2).pdf 09-04 - MAYDAY - Command Actions
Title : 09-04 - MAYDAY - Command Actions
Date uploaded : 04/15/2009
File Details : 09-04 - MAYDAY - Command Actions
Download Size : 260.95 KB   
Near_Miss_Report_-_Emergency_Evacuation.pdf National Near Miss Reporting \"System Special Report-Emergency Evacuation."
Title : National Near Miss Reporting System"Special Report-Emergency Evacuation"
Date uploaded : 03/13/2014
File Details : National Near Miss Reporting "System Special Report-Emergency Evacuation"
Download Size : 64.35 KB   
09-03 - Emergency Evacuation(3).pdf 09-03 Emergency Evacuation
Title : Emergency Evacuation
Date uploaded : 04/15/2009
File Details : policy identifies a standard system for the emergency evacuation
Download Size : 254.55 KB   
09-02 - Traffic Safety Vests-New.pdf 09-02 Traffic Safety Vests-Establishes the department requirements for the use of traffic safety ves
Title : Traffic Safety Vests
Date uploaded : 03/30/2009
File Details : policy establishes the department requirements for the use of traffic safety vests
Download Size : 132.13 KB   
08-12 - Backing of Apparatus-New.pdf 08-12 Backing of Apparatus-Describes the required actions when backing up fire apparatus
Title : Backing of Apparatus
Date uploaded : 03/30/2009
File Details : This policy describes the required actions when it is necessary for fire apparatus to back up
Download Size : 131.29 KB   
08-11 Seatbelts-New.pdf 08-11 Seat belts-Policy describes the expected use of seat belts
Title : Seat Belt Policy
Date uploaded : 03/30/2009
File Details : This policy describes the expected actions of personnel in regard to the use of seat belts
Download Size : 129.81 KB   


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