City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
The purpose of the scheduled company evolution drills is to establish departmental standards in fire ground operations.
A. Evolutions shall be scheduled and completed by each shift.
B. Fire Captains will schedule the evolutions and oversee the results so as to identify company and/or individual deficiencies.
C. Fire Captains will address deficient procedures and establish shift/company training to correct deficiencies.
D. All personnel will abide by the procedures as outlined regarding evolution drills.
It will be the responsibility of each Fire Suppression Division Captain to insure that these evolution drills are run as scheduled. It will also be the responsibility of each Fire Suppression Division Captain to see that the personnel under him are aware of and familiar with all of these evolution drills.
1. The Fire Suppression Captains will review all the evolution procedures with their personnel to insure understanding of the purpose and the procedures by everyone. If any questions arise that cannot be explained from the information contained in this policy, the question(s) should be forwarded to the Personnel Support Division for clarification.
A. Each suppression company, on each shift, has a minimum of eight (8) single company, four (4) multi-company, and two (2) night evolution drills of three (3) hours each, scheduled during each calendar year, 1 January through 31 December.
B. After a period of time, it is expected that all personnel in the Suppression Division be capable of performing these evolutions satisfactorily.
C. A copy of the completed evolution performance evaluation form will be forwarded to the Personnel Support Division on each evolution run.
D. From time to time, the Personnel Support Division will conduct timed evolution spot checks and send the Suppression Captain a copy the drill evolution.
E. From time to time, the Personnel Support Division will conduct individual skills evolutions to evaluate skill levels and to evaluate the training program.
F. For reasons of personal health and operation readiness, evolution drills will be conducted within the temperature ranges of 40 degrees F. and 85 degrees F. During the warm weather months, drills should be conducted in the morning when temperatures are cooler. During cold weather months, afternoons would probably be better suited for conducting drills.
A. Standard times will be developed for each evolution from the evolution drills. Once these times have been established, each company will be expected to perform the evolutions within the standard time developed for each evolution. Companies that cannot perform the standard evolutions within the established time limit will be re-scheduled at a later date.
Exception: During the months that the Platoon Training personnel conduct evolutions, and there is a logical and acceptable reason for a drill going overtime, an explanation on the evolution evaluation is sufficient. Example: New apparatus operator.
B. More than three (3) errors committed in an evolution drill may cause termination of that drill and re-scheduling at a later date.
C. Deviation from accepted safety practices may cause termination of that particular drill and re-scheduling at a later date.
All evolution drills will be documented. The complete standard and documented drill reports will be reviewed and evaluated yearly by the Personnel Support Division and the department standards will be upgraded if necessary.
A. Standard times will developed for individual companies in certain task performance areas listed below:
1. Ground ladder raises - Carries and raises covered in IFSTA manuals.
a. Engine and Truck Companies
2. Donning of SCBA - Pre-mounted (buddy-seats) and unmounted (out of box) and arming of PASS units.
a. All Personnel
3. Rescue operations with Stokes Litter Basket.
a. Truck Company Personnel
4. Setting up for master stream operations
a. Engine and Truck Companies
5. Advancement of hose line through upper floor window via ladder.
a. All Personnel
6. Setting up for deluge set operations in street.
a. Engine Company Personnel
7. Setting up for foam application operations.
a. Engine and Truck Companies
B. Self-contained breathing apparatus will be worn by all company personnel with the exception of the apparatus operators while performing drill evolutions for company standards. Personnel working in simulated hostile or hostile environments will use SCBA's. C. Engine Operators will exhibit good safety practices and pump all discharge lines at correct pressures.
D. Aerial Operators will exhibit good safety practices and will operate aerial ladder within safety limitations as set by manufacturer.
E. All other company personnel will perform necessary tasks referenced in evolutions exhibiting good safety practices.
F. All companies are reminded that the purpose of these evolutions drills is to ensure that company operations, on the fire ground, are performed with a maximum degree of proficiency and not to develop competition or an on-going rivalry between shifts or companies.
G. Only companies involved in the evolution are to be in the area of the Structural Training Building during evolution drills. The hazing of companies performing evolution drills will not be permitted or tolerated.
H. The on-duty Officer-In-Charge, shift training officer, Departmental Staff, and all Chief Officers are excluded from compliance with the previous statement.
A. Each company will hold eight (8), three (3) hour single company drills per year, as scheduled at the Fire Training Center.
B. Each company will hold four (4), three (3) hour multiple company drills per year, as scheduled, at the Fire Training Center.
C. Each company will hold two (2), three (3) hour night drills per year, during the hours of darkness, as scheduled, at the Fire Training Center.
D. All company personnel, with the exception of Apparatus Operators, will wear full turn-out gear, including SCBA's, during the performance of evolution drills. Apparatus Operators will wear full turn-out gear with the exception of SCBA, except on EMS and Hazardous Materials related evolutions. All Company personnel entering fire area (building) will use SCBA's as they would normally do when either attacking a fire or performing search and rescue procedures in a hostile environment.
E. Good and sound safety practices are to be used in all drills. Accidents occurring during company drill evolutions are to be followed up with a written report to the Personnel Support Division as to why the accident occurred, personnel injured in the accident, and what caused the accident. Unsafe practices noted during timed evolution drills conducted by the Personnel Support Division may cause immediate termination of the drill and re-scheduling at a later date.
F. Drill Explanation - Evolution drills will consist of practical hands on training in:
1. The pulling of pre-connected hose lines. 2. The advancement of hose attack lines on live and simulated fires. 3. The different raises and carries of all ground ladders. 4. The use of small tools and forcible entry tools. 5. The climbing of ladders, both ground and aerial. 6. The utilization of foam equipment. 7. Apparatus practices, both pumper and aerial. 8. The setting up and use of master stream appliances. 9. The standard rappelling procedure. 10. The standard rescue procedures using stokes, ladders, rappelling, trenching, confined space techniques, etc. 11. The use of portable lighting equipment, generators, and Circle D lights. 12. The standard water supply operations, relaying water. 13. The pumper operations both at the hydrant and at draft. 14. The laying of hose lines for water supply. 15. The use of the K-12 Power Saw and Chain Saw. 16. The operational utilization of Ventilation 1 and positive pressure ventilation techniques. 17. The utilization of any combination of the above tasks in the utilization of departmental standard evolutions as listed.
Certain companies may have more drills scheduled in the asterisk designated categories. This was done in order to accommodate the attack companies in the completion of their assigned drills with evolutions normally used in fireground operations.
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