Yakima County Fire District 12 – Standard Operating Procedures SOG 4-9 – Snow Rescue
1.1 Purpose The purpose of this standard operating guideline is to provide a guideline for District personnel in providing emergency rescue in the winter recreational areas of Fire District 12 and surrounding areas.
County Fire District 12.
Enforcement of this standard operating guideline is the responsibility
of the District’s officers. Any person deviating from the provisions of this guideline may be required, at the discretion of the officer in charge, to submit in writing, within five (5) calendar days , an explanation for such deviation to the requesting officer who will forward
the explanation up the chain of command for further review.
DISPATCHING OF SNOW RESCUE TEAM
All four stations will be dispatched for the snow rescue team. Station four will respond to the station, pickup WV-46 and rescue sleds and respond to the appropriate location for a command post. (Ahtanum Ranger Station, Nasty creek etc.) Set up a command post and staging area. Station four needs to communicate with the Duty Officer before leaving the station.
WV-47 will respond to staging unless instructed different, and WV 27 will cover station fours area with input from Duty Officer or IC. WV-27 is to standby at Station Four or remains at Station Two based on IC or Duty Officer’s needs. Good communications between all responding units is essential.
One of the Operators needs to be present to unload the snow machines and set up the equipment. One Team Leader needs to be present on all missions and one support person.
Senior medical person at base could use backpack first aid kit, and have witnesses of accident take him into scene, this person shall have established communications before departing. Command will be established at this base area. If at all possible leave a witness at command post to lead incoming units to the scene.
Snow rescue equipment can be transported by team leaders or operators using department equipment or approved personal vehicles. Equipment can be unloaded and prepared to depart by team leaders or operators. To depart on a mission a team leader must be present at all times.