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City of Charlottesville, VA Fire Department
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES


Organization

Chapter: IV - General Administration
Subject: Protective Clothing
Code: 1-IV-2
Revised: 6-10-96

2.0l  PURPOSE

      To  provide  policy  and  guidelines  relative  to  the  proper
      personal protection, in the form of protective clothing, to all
      Fire  Department  members  exposed  to dangerous situations and
      hazardous atmospheres and/or environments.

2.02  POLICY

      A.  Fire  Department  members shall utilize and wear protective
          clothing and safety gear as prescribed  by  those  policies
          and procedures contained herein.
      B.  Use of protective clothing as defined and prescribed within
          this policy shall be considered mandatory during  emergency
          operations  and/or  whenever the chance or risk of personal
          injury to Fire Department members may exist.
      C.  The  Fire  Department  shall  provide  its members with the
          proper  type  of  approved  protective  clothing  which  is
          currently available in the safety clothing market.
      D.  All  protective  clothing  shall be inspected every two (2)
          months.  Charlottesville Fire Department Form #46 shall  be
          completed  and  forwarded  to  the  Deputy  Fire Chief upon
          completion.

2.03  RESPONSIBILITY

      A.  Fire  Battalion  Chiefs  have the overall responsibility to
          insure that the members  of  their  shifts  abide  by  Fire
          Department   policies   regarding  the  use  of  protective
          clothing.
      B.  All  Fire  Department  members are directly responsible for
          their personal safety and shall utilize  proper  protective
          clothing as prescribed within this policy.

2.04  DEFINITIONS

      All  Fire  Department  personnel  shall  wear  and utilize full
      protective clothing as defined herein.
      Full Protective Clothing
      A.  Helmet
      B.  Gloves
      C.  Turnout coat.
      D.  Hood
      E.  Turnout pants (with suspenders).
      F.  Turnout boots - short (night) boots.
      G.  Hearing Protectors
      H.  MSA Facepiece and Bag

2.05  GENERAL PROCEDURES

      A.  Emergency Operations:
          l.  Personnel  actively engaged in fire fighting shall wear
              full protective gear.  Any person without  proper  gear
              shall  not enter the fire building or engage themselves
              in activities in  the  immediate  area.   If  the  fire
              building  or adjoining buildings are deemed safe by the
              officer  in  charge,  individuals  (Fire  Fighters  and
              civilians) may be permitted to enter.
          2.  All members shall wear and utilize appropriate clothing
              during emergency operations.
          3.  Members  shall  not  remove  their  protective clothing
              until  such  time  as  their  Company  Officer  or  the
              officer-in-charge determines that such protection is no
              longer necessary or that a reduced level of  protective
              clothing will be sufficient.
          4.  If,  in  their  opinion, operating conditions warrant a
              change, Company Officers may increase or  decrease  the
              level  of  protective  clothing  which  is required for
              themselves and their personnel, but the  responsibility
              to  protect  their  personnel  from injury remains with
              that officer.
          5.  If,  during  multiple  company operations, the Incident
              Commander  specifies  a  certain  level  of  protective
              clothing, then Company Officers shall not decrease that
              level for themselves or their personnel unless they are
              given permission to do so by the Incident Commander.
      B.  During alarm response:
          l.  Members  responding  in or on fire apparatus shall wear
              their protective clothing.
          2.  Operators  are  not  required  to wear their protective
              clothing  while  driving.   After   arriving   on   the
              fireground and after performing all essential emergency
              operations, operators  must  put  on  their  protective
              clothing.
          3.  Those   members   responding   to  alarms  in  enclosed
              vehicles, or  partially  enclosed  apparatus,  are  not
              required  to wear helmets during response but must have
              all their assigned protective clothing  available  once
              they reach the scene.
          4.  If, during a response to an alarm, an unusual condition
              or hazard presents itself, the Company Officer may,  at
              his/her  discretion,  order  all  personnel,  including
              drivers, into any level of  protective  clothing  which
              may  be necessary to protect said personnel from injury
              or death.
      C.  During training:
          l.  Members  engaged  in  training sessions shall wear full
              protective clothing.
          2.  Officers  or  members  conducting training sessions are
              responsible to insure that adequate protective clothing
              is  utilized  properly by all personnel involved.  Full
              protective clothing  shall  be  worn  during  simulated
              hazardous environments.
          3.  When  on  driver's training, the protective clothing to
              be worn by those participating in the exercise shall be
              at the discretion of the Company Officer.
      D.  Routine operations:
          l.  Members  involved  shall  use  appropriate  safety gear
              and/or protective  clothing  when  engaged  in  routine
              activities  which may present a personal safety hazard.
              If members have questions regarding the need for safety
              gear  for  such  routine  activities or if they wish to
              obtain said gear, they shall  contact  their  immediate
              supervisor prior to beginning said activities.
          2.  Members   involved   in  fire  company  inspections  or
              pre-planning activities or tours shall, when necessary,
              wear  proper  and  adequate  protective clothing during
              such  inspections,  activities,  or  tours,  so  as  to
              provide protection from any hazard which may be present
              in the area.
          3.  Members involved in fire company inspections, tours, or
              pre-planning activities shall,  when  not  wearing  it,
              have full protective clothing available should the need
              for it arise.
          4.  When  working around the hose tower or around a charged
              hose that is  being  tested,  all  members  shall  wear
              protective helmets.
      E.  Maintenance:
          l.  All  safety  gear such as goggles, breathing apparatus,
              etc., shall be cleaned  and  maintained  in  accordance
              with the manufacturer's instruct- ions and departmental
              policy.
          2.  All  protective  clothing  such  as  turnout  clothing,
              helmets, safety boots, work shirts, jackets, and  pants
              shall    be   maintained   in   accordance   with   the
              manufacturer's instructions and departmental policy.
          3.  All  protective  clothing  will be cleaned on a regular
              basis as  determined  by  the  Shift's  Fire  Battalion
              Chief.
          4.  Protective clothing with small holes or rips are not to
              be considered needing replacement  unless  there  is  a
              considerable number of them.
          5.  All  helmets  are required to have all designations and
              safety stripes as required by the department.

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