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SOP's / SOG's

The Resources below are model Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s) for your organization to consult when determining what protocols you will adopt and how to codify them into a formal document.
Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus and Ambulances
The purpose of this guideline is to outline proper safety practices to be used when backing Fire Department vehicles and maneuvering in close-quarters situations.
Upload Date: 1/25/2018
1.92 MB
Microsoft Word Document
Categories:  SOP's / SOG's  |  Training
Best Practices for Backing Fire Apparatus and Ambulances Video
This video defines the important points in a backing up SOP, demonstrates a recommended backing up procedure using a spotter, and reinforces the importance of training on and enforcing the backing up SOP.
Upload Date: 7/17/2018
343.28 MB
MP4 Video
Best Practices to Minimize Injuries and Deaths While Using a POV for Responses
To prevent injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving POV responses.
Upload Date: 9/14/2015
1.02 MB
Adobe PDF File
Highway Incident Safety and MUTCD Guidelines for Emergency Responders
The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) and their Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) developed this manual and the accompanying online-based training course for first responders and other personnel who respond to roadway incident scenes. In the initial minutes of a roadway incident, responders often find themselves operating in moving traffic at great peril.
Upload Date: 11/6/2013
1.31 MB
Adobe PDF File
Highway Lane Designations and Terminology
This reference card from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute illustrates the accepted highway lane numbering system and nomenclature for describing roadways in consistent terms.
Upload Date: 5/9/2011
205.95 KB
Adobe PDF File
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Safe Standoff Distance Cheat Sheet
This reference card lists the safe standoff distances for different improvised explosive devices, vehicles potentially carrying explosives and/or improvised explosive devices, and LPG tank sizes.
Upload Date: 5/7/2008
336.50 KB
Microsoft Word Document
Model SOP/SOG: “Safe Positioning While Operating In or Near Moving Traffic”
This document is a model SOP/SOG to use as a “go by” when formulating your departments’ SOP/SOG on safe position of apparatus while operating on or near the roadway.
Upload Date: 7/11/2012
78.00 KB
Microsoft Word Document
Model SOP: Safety Apparel While Working in Or Near Moving Traffic
This document is a model SOP to use as a “go by” when formulating your department’s SOP on the use of safety apparent while working in or near moving traffic.
Upload Date: 11/21/2008
34.00 KB
Microsoft Word Document
Categories:  SOP's / SOG's  |  High Visibility PPE
Model Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) for Cone, Flare, or Sign Deployment at Traffic-Related Incidents
This document is a model SOG to use as a “go by” when formulating your department’s SOG for cone, flare, or sign deployment at traffic-related incidents.
Upload Date: 11/2/2009
1.32 MB
Microsoft Word Document
New York State Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines
These guidelines were established to provide incident responders in the state of New York a uniform approach to emergency traffic control and scene management. The guidelines include incident response priorities, incident classification, responder safety, responder vehicles, establishing the traffic incident management area, staging, breakdown, and investigation.
Upload Date: 12/21/2012
2.75 MB
Adobe PDF File
Nova Scotia Emergency Responders Traffic Management Guidelines for Emergency Scenes
This manual, developed in Nova Scotia, Canada, presents guidelines for traffic management, including setup of the emergency traffic control zone, vehicle positioning, traffic control device placement, and incident command setup.
Upload Date: 6/11/2008
8.45 MB
Adobe PDF File
Simplified Guide to the Incident Command System for Transportation Professionals
This guide from the Federal Highway Administration introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) to stakeholders who may be called upon to provide specific expertise, assistance, or material dur¬ing highway incidents but who may be largely unfamiliar with ICS organization and operations. Topics covered include the ICS organizational structure, unified command, advance planning and coordination, and implementation.
Upload Date: 5/7/2008
2.12 MB
Adobe PDF File
State of New Jersey Highway Incident Traffic Safety Guidelines for Emergency Responders
This document provides uniform operational guidelines to ensure safe operations by emergency responders dispatched to incidents on limited access highways in the State of New Jersey. These guidelines identify vehicle safe positioning, common general safety, and onsite practices for all emergency responders.
Upload Date: 11/30/2010
588.01 KB
Adobe PDF File
Study of Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways and Operation of Emergency Vehicles
A Review of First Responder Agencies Who Have Adopted Emergency Lighting and Vehicle Conspicuity Technology. *A new draft and been issued on June 12, 2019 with two corrections on page 27.*
Upload Date: 6/12/2019
3.78 MB
Adobe PDF File
Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways
This alert describes the hazards facing fire fighters working along roadways, presents two case studies, and lists recommendations for prevention of struck bys.
Upload Date: 1/7/2013
105.84 KB
Adobe PDF File
Traffic Incident Management Area Reference Diagram and Emergency Responder Checklist
This ResponderSafety.Com reference card diagrams the layout of a Traffic Incident Management Area and provides important traffic management details, including incident magnitude definitions, TIMA area lengths based on posted speed limit, and an Emergency Responder Checklist for crucial roadway response actions.
Upload Date: 4/3/2019
250.37 KB
Adobe PDF File

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