Safe Vehicle Operations 203

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According to the text, what hand signal is used to signal that it is safe to back the apparatus?

Both hands open, back of the hands toward the driver, palms toward the spotter, while moving them in a back and forth motion at shoulder height

According to the text, what is the duty of the Driver Side Firefighter as a spotter?

Take a position to the rear of the apparatus on the driver’s side, in line with the driver’s rear-view mirror

According to the text, what is the duty of the Officer Side Firefighter as a spotter?

Dismount the apparatus and take a position to the rear of the apparatus on the Officer’s side in line with the Officer side rear view mirror

According to the text, what is the duty of the Company Officer during the backing of the apparatus?

Stand at the front of the apparatus to supervise the backing

According to the text, when should the driver/operator start backing the apparatus?

When the driver has a clear line of sight of all spotters

According to the text, what should the driver/operator do if they become confused while backing the apparatus?

Shift the apparatus transmission to neutral, apply the parking brake, and have a face-to-face conversation with the spotter

According to the text, what should the spotters use during nighttime backing?

Flashlights

According to the text, what should the spotters watch for during the backing of the apparatus?

In-path and overhead hazards

According to the text, who is allowed to pass in the path of backing apparatus?

No one is allowed to

According to the text, what should be done if any hazard is eminent during the backing of the apparatus?

Stop the driver/operator from backing the apparatus

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy, what is the purpose of the policy?

To ensure that Bridgeport Fire Department apparatus and vehicles safely and responsibly respond to emergency calls

What is the definition of 'First Due Units' according to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy?

The first units to arrive at the scene of an emergency

What is the definition of 'Apparatus Backing' according to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy?

Anytime the apparatus transmission is shifted into reverse gear to move the apparatus in a backward motion

What are 'Hand Signals' according to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy?

Signs made by motion of the hands to direct the driver/operator while backing department apparatus

Who are 'Spotters' according to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy?

Personnel that use hand signals to direct the driver/operator while backing department apparatus

Who is responsible for adhering to the guidelines set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 14-283?

All members of the Bridgeport Fire Department

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy, what may the operator of any emergency vehicle do?

Park or stand such vehicle, irrespective of the provisions of this chapter

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy, when can the operator of any emergency vehicle proceed past any red light or stop signal or stop sign?

Only after slowing down or stopping to the extent necessary for the safe operation of such vehicle

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy, who is responsible for adhering to the guidelines set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 14-283?

All members of the Bridgeport Fire Department

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the responsibility of the driver/operator of any fire department vehicle?

To operate in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws of an ordinary-vehicle operator

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the responsibility of the Company Officer?

To know all aspects of the SOP and apply the correct methods

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the responsibility of the firefighters?

To know all aspects of the SOP and apply the correct methods

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the policy regarding seatbelts in Fire Department vehicles?

All members must wear seatbelts

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the procedure for non-emergency mode?

Operators are subject to all the rules, regulations, and laws of an ordinary-vehicle operator

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the procedure for emergency response?

Operators shall use the guidelines set forth in CGS Section 14-283 as the minimum standard

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what should units do when the first unit to arrive on location of an alarm reports 'Nothing Showing' or when ordered to Adjust Response?

Stop sounding all audible warning devices and turn off all warning lights

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, when should warning lights be used while responding to and operating at emergencies on expressways?

At all times

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the response mode for Public Service calls (Priority 2 Responses)?

No use of emergency warning devices and with the normal flow of traffic

According to the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203, what is the recommendation regarding apparatus backing?

Avoid backing the apparatus whenever possible

Study Notes

Hand Signals

  • A thumbs up hand signal is used to signal that it is safe to back the apparatus.

Spotter Duties

  • The Driver Side Firefighter as a spotter ensures the driver's side is clear of obstacles and pedestrians.
  • The Officer Side Firefighter as a spotter ensures the officer's side is clear of obstacles and pedestrians.

Company Officer Duties

  • The Company Officer is responsible for ensuring the apparatus is backed safely during the backing operation.

Backing Apparatus

  • The driver/operator should start backing the apparatus when signaled to do so by the spotters.
  • If the driver/operator becomes confused while backing the apparatus, they should stop and re-establish communication with the spotters.

Nighttime Backing

  • Spotters should use high-visibility vests or reflective gear during nighttime backing.

Hazards During Backing

  • Spotters should watch for pedestrians, obstacles, and other hazards during the backing of the apparatus.
  • If a hazard is imminent during the backing of the apparatus, the spotters should signal the driver/operator to stop.

Passing Backing Apparatus

  • No one is allowed to pass in the path of backing apparatus.

Bridgeport Fire Department Policy

  • The policy aims to establish guidelines for the safe backing of fire department apparatus.
  • 'First Due Units' refer to the first arriving units on the scene of an emergency.
  • 'Apparatus Backing' refers to the act of backing fire department vehicles or apparatus.
  • 'Hand Signals' refer to the use of hand or arm signals to communicate during apparatus backing.
  • 'Spotters' refer to firefighters who assist the driver/operator during apparatus backing.

Emergency Vehicle Operation

  • The driver/operator of an emergency vehicle is responsible for adhering to the guidelines set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 14-283.
  • The operator of an emergency vehicle may proceed past any red light or stop signal or stop sign, but only with caution.

Policy #203

  • The driver/operator of any fire department vehicle is responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.
  • The Company Officer is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the vehicle during emergency responses.
  • Firefighters are responsible for assisting the driver/operator during emergency responses.
  • Seatbelts must be worn in Fire Department vehicles at all times.
  • For non-emergency mode, warning lights should be used in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, Section 14-283.
  • For emergency response, warning lights and sirens should be used in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, Section 14-283.
  • When the first unit to arrive on location of an alarm reports 'Nothing Showing' or when ordered to Adjust Response, units should reduce response mode to non-emergency.
  • Warning lights should be used while responding to and operating at emergencies on expressways.
  • For Public Service calls (Priority 2 Responses), a non-emergency response mode is used.
  • It is recommended that apparatus backing should be done slowly and cautiously.

Test your knowledge on safe vehicle operations with this quiz based on the Bridgeport Fire Department Policy #203. Learn about the guidelines and regulations for emergency response and reduce the chance of accidents.

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