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The fire department should develop and implement an Operational Guidelines Manual which should include but not be limited to the following procedures:

training

safety

operations

personal protective equipment

equipment safety and maintenance

special operations

dangerous goods

work site safety

respiratory protection program

The Regional Offices of the Fire Commissioner can supply Operational Guideline samples of pre-written guidelines that will aid any department in forming their own set of guidelines.

These procedures will enhance employee safety, minimize public risk from fire department operations, increase operational effectiveness and protect fire department assets from possible loss.

The Operational Guidelines should be kept in a binder readily available for each member to read.

Maintaining a very comprehensive Operational Guidelines Manual will reduce the risk of liability claims against the fire department.

Pre-Fire Planning

Pre-fire planning is preparing a course of action to follow against a possible fire.  This process will prepare a fire department for an emergency before it happens, by providing basic information about specific areas and or buildings.

Pre-planning may involve generalized planning or disaster planning for fire, transportation or medical emergencies that may occur in the fire protection service area.

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