Okanogan County Fire Protection District 11

Okanogan County Fire Protection District 11

Molson-Chesaw Fire Department
Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)
For Wildland Fires

November 17th, 2011


It is the mission of Okanogan County Fire Protection District 11 ( OKCOFPD11), Molson-Chesaw Fire Department to provide fire protection for natural resources, structures, and vehicles and aid to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) for the people that live, visit and travel through the area served by OKCOFPD11. OKCOFPD11 strives to provide safe but aggressive fire fighting techniques when called to do our duty. We are constantly striving for improvements in the response time, the quality of membership, the quality of training and education provided to our members, and members of the community.


The following document sets forth the procedures set as the standard for OKCOFPD11. All the scenarios that maybe encountered cannot possibly be covered by these SOP’s. Therefore all OKCOPFPD11 personnel must use common sense and consider the safety of the members and the public as being the priority. All members, present and future shall be in full compliance with all provisions set forth in this document within six months (6) after the enactment of the SOP or date of OKCOFPD11 membership.


  • All members will know and understand the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set forth by OKCOFPD11.

  • No member will speak to television, radio or newspaper reporters at the scene of an incident. All questions will be handled by the Chief or Officer in Charge (OIC), unless authorized by the OIC.
  • The privacy of the citizens we serve will be respected at all times. No comments or details about any alarm we receive will be discussed outside of the fire department until authorized by the Chief.
  • No member shall respond to any call or come to a meeting or training while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • All members are expected to conduct themselves as professionals on all calls and while at the station.
  • Fire District orientation class will be completed by all new members and is suggested for all existing members.


  • Firefighters will familiarize themselves with the station, grounds, equipment and apparatus.

  • Firefighters will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their protective equipment.
  • Firefighters will respond to initial attack in PPE when possible. All extended incidents will require members to wear all PPE.
  • Firefighters will attend a minimum of 25% of, drills, training sessions, meetings and work details.
  • Firefighters will respond, when available, to all calls.
  • All tools and equipment used on an incident will be returned to the vehicle from which it was removed at the end of the incident.
  • At no other time will a Firefighter transfer or remove equipment from the Department vehicles without the permission of the Chief or designated officer.
  • Firefighters shall comply with all OKCOFPD11 training requirements.
  • Firefighters who are injured while involved with an incident or any OKCOFPD11 authorized function shall notify the OIC, the Chief or the Asst. Chief as soon as possible and complete an accident/injury form.
  • OKCOFPD11 personal involved in an accident with an OKCOFPD11 Vehicle shall notify the Chief or Assistant Chief immediately.
  • Firefighters at times may be required to act as the Officer in Charge. They should be knowledgeable of the officer’s duties.


The OKCOFP11 is staffed entirely by volunteer members. These members have a variety of duties and job descriptions.

  • Chief- An officer which has the highest level of authority and is responsible for the general operations of the OKCOFPD11.

  • Assistant Chief – An officer which has the second highest level of authority and is responsible for assisting the Chief in the general operations of the fire service. The Assistant Chief acts for the Chief in his absence.
  • Captain – An officer which assists the Chief and is responsible for assisting the Chief in the general operations of the fire service.
  • Lieutenant – An officer which assists the Chiefs and is responsible for assisting the Chief in the general operations of the fire service.
  • Training Officer – An Officer that is responsible for organizing training opportunities and keeping training records for all OKCOFPD11 members.
  • Firefighter – is responsible for carrying out any direction given by the OIC.
  • Regardless of the position held every member of OKCOFPD11 while in the performance of their duties will uphold the highest standard of moral and ethical behavior.


  • Proper distance shall be maintained between moving apparatus to avoid rear-end collisions.

  • Right of Way at intersections shall be yielded.
  • Any mechanical problem found in any apparatus while in use shall be reported to the Officer in Charge. If in doubt as to any harm being done to the apparatus, stop the vehicle at once.
  • Under no circumstances shall any aspect of safety be sacrificed in order to increase the speed of the response.
  • Only OKCOFPD11 personnel who have successfully completed and passed the departmental driver/operator training course are permitted to operate department vehicles, unless the vehicle is being operated under the supervision of an officer as part of the driver/operator training program. Note: Under extreme circumstances, when no Resident Drivers are available, a Driver in Training may drive during an emergency situation. The driver must have permission by the Officer in Charge and should be the driver with the most driver training time.
  • The driver shall not move the apparatus until all personnel have their seat belts fastened.
  • All audible and visual devices shall be in operation when making an emergency response.
  • The driver shall always maintain a speed consistent with safe operation of the vehicle under the prevailing conditions.
  • When an emergency vehicle must approach an intersection the driver shall come to a complete stop until all other traffic in the intersection has yielded.
  • The sole responsibility of the driver during an emergency response is to drive. If other personnel are in the vehicle it is their responsibility to operate radio, lights, sirens, read maps etc.
  • On approaching the emergency scene all drivers shall maintain a high level of situational awareness for any and all hazards.
  • All vehicle operators will conduct a 360 degree walk around the vehicle and perform a safety check before moving the apparatus.
  • Whenever possible use a spotter.
  • Before returning the apparatus back to the station all vehicles will be refueled and filled with water and response ready.
  • Replace all tools and equipment that was removed from other trucks to the proper trucks.


When a member receives notification of a call:

  • On the fire Radio, or telephone, notify Okanogan County Dispatch (OCD) that the fire tone was received if no other member has notified dispatch.

  • If responding in an emergency vehicle, notify OCD of your unit number and that you are in route to the incident.
  • When responding to a wildland fire the first OKCOFPD11 vehicle responding will be the Type 6 brush engines followed by the small tenders. Additional equipment will respond as requested by the OIC.
  • Under no condition shall any member place himself, members of the fire department or the public in danger due to excessive speed or reckless operation of OKCOFPD11 vehicles or personal owned vehicles (POV) while responding to an incident. Members responding to the emergency scene in their POV shall exercise caution and proceed in an orderly and safe manner. POVs are not considered to be emergency vehicles.
  • Members shall make every effort to ride to the scene in an OKCOFPD11 vehicle as to reduce the congestion at the emergency scene. Members who do respond to the scene in their POV shall park as to not interfere with the ingress or egress of emergency vehicles.
  • When in route to an incident and members pass an OKCOFD11 Fire Station they will stop and verify if there are any emergency vehicles left at the station. If there are vehicles at the station contact the OIC for instructions on vehicle response.
  • Once members reach the incident in an OKCOFPD11 vehicle they will contact OCD by radio and verify they have arrived on scene and then inform the Incident Commander (IC) that they have arrived and await further directions at the staging area.
  • If the member is the first to arrive at the scene of the incident they are the IC until relieved of their duties, also if a member is first on scene they will relay information to any additional OKCOFPD11 personnel that are in route to the fire. They will also provide initial fire size up information and if additional equipment is needed or additional agencies are needed to respond to the incident.
  • Once the member has reached the fire they will need to implement the Incident Command System (ICS) and follow the L.C.E.S method of firefighting.
  • Whenever and as soon as possible all PPE and Fire Shelters will be utilized by all OKCOFPD11 personal.
  • Initiate and complete an OKCOFPD11 Incident Report. This duty may be assigned by the IC to any OKCOFPD11 member.
  • When released from the incident by the IC report to OCD that you are leaving the incident and returning to station.
  • Report to OCD that the OKCOFPD11 vehicle has returned to station.
  • Ensure vehicle is response ready.

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