I need a hand... Is there somewhere in the NFPA Codes that states a fire service will have, adopt and operate with Standard Operating Guidelines?? Can anyone give me a reference or a code??

Or are there any other organization that states such??

Thanks so much everyone..



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Please refer to both the NFPA 1500 and NFPA 1720, both have the references towards the need for procedures.
Hi Jack,

We are in the process of updating our SOGs and the county administration has thrown a wrench into the process... thanks for your input!

Take care

Thanks so much Chris! I am trying to hunt down those standards and see what I can dig up.. do you know if I can access those two standards on line..? as I don't have those standards infront of me...

Thanks again

Unfortunately NFPA only make available the stds via print, CD, or online for a fee. The CD and online services run about $800 / yr for a subscription. The good news is you can buy each indivdual std in print for reasonable money. Go to NFPA's website for a list and description of tthe stds and purchase price for ea. Good luck.
Found It!! Thanks everyone!

NFPA 1500 4.1.2 (2002),

“The fire department shall prepare and maintain written policies and standard operating procedures that document the organization structure, membership, roles and responsibilities, expected functions, and training requirements, including the following:
(1) The types of standard evolutions that are expected to be performed and the evolutions that must be performed simultaneously or in sequence for different types of situations
(2) The minimum number of members who are required to perform each function or evolution and the manner in which the function is to be performed
(3) The number and types of apparatus and the number of personnel that will be dispatched to different types of incidents
(4) The procedures that will be employed to initiate and manage operations at the scene of an emergency incident”


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