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State of Georgia BASIC FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING COURSE. FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. TYPES OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS. Volunteer Some receive no pay Some receive pay by the call Career All members are paid Combination Some members are paid Others are volunteer. FIRE DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS.

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    1. State of GeorgiaBASIC FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING COURSE FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

    2. TYPES OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS • Volunteer • Some receive no pay • Some receive pay by the call • Career • All members are paid • Combination • Some members are paid • Others are volunteer Fire Department Organization

    3. FIRE DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS • Pumpers - (engine companies) • Aerials, Ladder Towers, etc. - (truck companies) • Quick response vehicles, Squads, etc. - (rescue units) • Tankers, Hazmat units, Light trucks, etc. - (auxiliary units) • Ambulances - (EMS units) Fire Department Organization

    4. FIRE DEPARTMENT STRUCTURE • Fire departments may consist of a single station or may have many stations • Larger departments may be divided into divisions, battalions, and companies • Companies are assigned to stations • Several stations make up a battalion or district • Several battalions make up a division • Each firefighter should know their own fire department structure • Fire departments usually owned by local government, but may be privately owned and controlled Fire Department Organization

    5. GOVERNING BODIES • City Council • County Commissioners • Privately Owned • board of trustees, etc. Fire Department Organization

    6. CHAIN OF COMMAND • Chief / Director • Assistant / Deputy Chief • District Chief • Battalion Chief • Captain • Lieutenant • Sergeant • Firefighter Fire Department Organization

    7. CHAIN OF COMMAND LINE PERSONNEL • Persons whose primary duties involve fire suppression, rescue, and other emergencies • Usually includes firefighters and fire officers STAFF PERSONNEL • Persons whose primary duties do not involve fire suppression, rescue, and other emergencies • Chief, Training Officer, etc. Fire Department Organization

    8. FIREFIGHTER’S ROLEin the command structure Be involved in performing the duties and responsibilities of a fire department within the command structure of the organization Fire Department Organization

    9. TYPICAL DUTIES OF A FIREFIGHTER Firefighting Rescue Attend training classes Participate in Emergency drills and simulations Study street locations and territory buildings Daily physical training Fire station maintenance Inspect, paint, maintain fire hydrants Educate the public concerning fire and life safety Assist in fire prevention programs Equipment maintenance Assist with pre-fire planning Fire Department Organization

    10. FIRE SERVICE MISSION It is the duty of every fire department to save lives, reduce injuries, and protect property Fire Department Organization

    11. LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENTexample The __________ Fire Department is committed to protecting the people and property within our community. We will be responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing rapid, professional, humanitarian services essential to the health, safety, and well being of the community. Fire Department Organization

    12. The mission of the fire service is more than just fire fighting! FIRE SERVICE MISSION Fire Department Organization

    13. SOP’S / SOG’S • Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.s) • A standard set of actions or procedures that are the core operations for every fire fighting plan • Standard Operating Guidelines (S.O.G.s) • An organizational directive that establishes a course of action or policy Fire Department Organization

    14. SOP’S / SOG’S Purpose • Establish the method of on scene command • Firefighters better understand their duties • Reduces confusion • Increases command and control effectiveness • Prevents duplication of effort • Provide a basis for training Fire Department Organization

    15. SOP’S / SOG’S SOP’s and SOG’s should be written to outline and describe an organizational approach to the major categories of fire ground activity Fire Department Organization

    16. Typical SOP’s and SOG’s Include But Not Limited to: SOP’S / SOG’S • Communication procedures • Response procedures • Deployment of certain equipment and hose and nozzles for certain situations • Staging of equipment and personnel • Command procedures Fire Department Organization

    17. TYPICAL RULES AND REGULATIONS • Knowledge of geographical area of coverage • Knowledge of work hours/schedule • Maintenance of facilities and equipment • Maintaining an effective relationship with fellow firefighters • The use of protective equipment • Obtaining and maintaining required certifications • Others Fire Department Organization

    18. OTHER AGENCIES Firefighters should know and understand the role of other agencies that respond to emergencies within their local jurisdiction Hospital / EMS Law Enforcement Utilities Mutual Aid Departments State / Federal agencies Fire Department Organization

    19. MEMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMSAs specified by NFPA 1500 A generic term used to describe the various methods used in the workplace for the control of alcohol and other substance abuse, stress, and personal problems that adversely affect job performance Fire Department Organization

    20. MEMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Functions Might Include • Provide assistance to F.D. members and families • Program on the health effects associated with the use of tobacco products • Provide health promotion activities that identify physical and mental health risk factors • Program designed to relieve the stress generated by an incident • Provide education and counseling Fire Department Organization

    21. MEMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Components • Accessible location • Adequate medical insurance • Qualified M.A.P. staff • Informal members • Current information on treatment and resources • Periodic review Fire Department Organization

    22. FIREFIGHTERS RESPONSIBILITY Under NFPA 1500 • Every firefighter should be familiar with Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines • The guidelines refer to the local interpretation of the NFPA 1500, and identifies their responsibilities as members of the fire department Fire Department Organization