City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
To provide policy and guidelines for recalling off-duty personnel during emergency operations.
A. All fire department personnel are subject to emergency recall.
B. Whenever it is determined by an Incident Commander than an emergency will soon exceed or has already exceeded the capabilities of the entire on-duty fire suppression force, said Incident Commander shall be able to obtain additional fire suppression resources by recalling off-duty personnel.
C. Requests to recall off-duty personnel shall be made by an Incident Commander or Chief Officer through the Fire Alarm Office. The Fire Alarm Dispatcher will notify the following personnel:
1. One (1) Fire Battalion Chief (Suppression Division) who will report to Headquarters Station.
2. One (l) Battalion Fire Captain who will report to Headquarters Station.
3. One (l) Fire Captain and six (6) Fire Fighters to operate a reserve engine, a reserve ladder truck, and to guide mutual aid companies.
D. Additional off-duty personnel, up to and including the entire off-duty force, may be recalled as required by an Incident Commander or Chief Officer.
E. Personnel contacted to report for duty during an emergency recall who are ill, under the influence of medication, or under the influence of alcohol, to such an extent that their judgment and/or coordination is impaired, shall refrain from participating in the emergency recall. The Fire Alarm operator, Headquarters Officer-In-Charge, or other person conducting the recall shall be advised by the member of his/her inability to return to duty.
F. Personnel who have been contacted for an emergency recall and who were unable to return to duty shall, upon their first day returning to work, submit a memo to their supervisor explaining the reason they were unable to return to duty.
A. An Incident Commander or Chief Officer is responsible for requesting the emergency recall of off-duty personnel.
B. The Fire Alarm operator is responsible for contacting off-duty personnel.
C. The first fire officer or senior Fire Fighter to arrive at Headquarters Station is responsible for assigning recalled personnel to apparatus or tasks until relieved by an officer, senior Fire Fighter, or unless otherwise directed by an Incident Commander or Chief Officer (see 5.05 Command Structure of Off-Duty Personnel).
Upon a request for off-duty personnel to be recalled, the following procedure will be activated.
A. The Fire Alarm operator will contact one (1) Fire Battalion Chief (Suppression Division) who will report directly to Headquarters Station to operate as duty chief for the City until relieved by the on-duty Fire Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Chief or Fire Chief.
B. The Fire Alarm operator will contact the Personnel Support Officer who will report directly to the Fire Alarm office to coordinate communications and one (1) fire officer who will report to Headquarters Station to serve as the
Officer-In-Charge. This officer may be obtained in one of the following ways:
l. An off-duty Fire Battalion Captain will be contacted and instructed to report to Headquarters Station.
2. If a Fire Battalion Captain is not available, then an off-duty Fire Captain will be contacted. The first Fire Captain contacted will be instructed to report to the Fire Alarm office.
B. The Fire Alarm operator will recall one (l) off-duty Fire Captain and six (6) off-duty Fire Fighters.
l. The Fire Captain and six (6) Fire Fighters (to include one (l) engine driver/operator and one (l) aerial ladder operator) will operate a reserve engine and ladder truck, and guide one (l) mutual aid company at Headquarters Station.
2. One (l) Fire Fighter will guide a mutual aid company at Station One.
3. The first Fire Captain (or if in conflict with B-2 above, the second Fire Captain) contacted will be recalled.
4. The first six (6) Fire Fighters contacted will be recalled.
C. The off-duty shift not on four-day-break is considered available for recall. Personnel assigned to this available off-duty shift will be contacted first.
D. Those personnel living in or close to the City should be called first before considering those living farther away.
E. If unable to reach sufficient personnel from the available off-duty shift, then personnel assigned to the off-duty shift on break will be contacted.
F. Personnel contacted must report for duty, unless affected by Section 5.02E.
G. A list of all personnel's current home and work telephone numbers will be maintained in the Fire Alarm office.
A. The Fire Alarm operator, if in quarters alone, will be in charge until an officer or more senior Fire Fighter arrives.
B. The first officer or senior Fire Fighter to arrive at Headquarters will assume command until relieved by a more senior officer.
C. The first fire officer or Fire Fighter in quarters at Station One will assume command until relieved by a more senior officer or Fire Fighter.
A. The officer in charge of the recalled personnel shall see that their names are properly recorded in the Station Journal when reporting for and released from duty.
B. The officer in charge will prepare a list of recalled personnel and the times they reported on and off duty. This list is to be given to the shift's Officer-In-Charge for his/her use in preparing overtime papers.
A. An up-to-date list of apparatus operators will be maintained and posted in the Fire Alarm Office.
B. The list shall contain the names of all department personnel and shall be grouped under the apparatus listing.
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