The purpose of the
Engine Company Standard Operating Guide,
is to introduce and describe thedifferent tasks and skills required of Firefighters assigned to an Engine Company. The StandardOperating Guide consists of three sections. The first section “Firefighter Safety” describes how tostay safe on the drill and fire ground. Following these practices will keep you and your crew safe inwhat can be a very hostile environment.The second section "Drills" covers the individual tasks that a Firefighter assigned to an EngineCompany will need to learn. The "Drill" section is divided into eight sub-sections, where everythingfrom equipment recognition to advancing a charged hose line on a fire is described.The final section "Fire Ground Operations" describes special operating procedures beyond thosecovered in the "Drill" section of this manual. Every Officer is ultimately responsible for how they usetheir personnel at a fire. With that said, there are certain standard operating procedures that areconsistently followed and covered in this section.Information contained within this document can be accessed by any one of the following four means.1. SDFD Academy Training Video (VHS) 2. SDFD Fire Academy CD ROM "colorized"3.www.sdfdtraining.com"colorized" 4. This printed document issued to Recruits "black and white."Reference links as follows:blue colored underlined wordsare still frame hot links.Red colored
underlined subject referencesfollowed by a hyphen (-) and the word
link the reader to shortsubject matter video clips.
The Recruit will rotate between two positions on the apparatus. The Number Four (
) position, ridesseated behind the Captain. Synonymous with the #4 position Firefighter is the title,
. Thisname comes from the command given by the Captain to initiate Engine Company activities at anemergency. To
is to start an action that will eventually bring water to the pump, or initiate aseries of events needed to mitigate an emergency situation.Drop Off’s responsibilities vary, depending on the scenario. If the apparatus needs water, it is usually#4 who is responsible for initiating the action that will meet that need. If the apparatus does not needwater right away, #4 will perform other tasks. Whatever the case, it is very important to listen to theentire order given by the Officer. Get in the habit of
repeating the order out loud
, so the Officer willknow that instructions were heard and understood. If there are any questions regarding theinstructions, ask immediately.The Number Three (#3) position, rides seated behind the Engineer. Another name for this position is“Line Breaker.” When a supply line has been laid from a hydrant to the engine company,
) takes that supply line and breaks the last coupling coming from the hose bed. From thatpoint, the Engineer and Line Breaker work together to complete the supply line operation into thepump. Line Breaker also needs to listen carefully to the complete order. If a supply line is being laidfrom a hydrant, and the order is “Manifold lay – drop off” Line Breaker initially assists #4 at thehydrant. If a supply line is not being laid, the Line Breaker is usually responsible for pulling andplacing into operation, the initial fire attack line.