Change of Quarters Protocols

Change of Quarters Protocols

Purpose: 

This Order:

  1. Clarifies policy on Change of Quarters Protocols;
  2. Defines the responsibilities to ensure compliances with this order;
  3. Rescinds Operations Order 08-010, Change of Quarter Protocols, dated October 24, 2008; and
  4. Becomes effective August 15, 2013.
Definitions: 
  1. Administrative Change of Quarters: An assignment by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to temporarily relocate a company to another firehouse for non-emergency reasons. For example: a company is sent to replace another company who is going to the Fire Academy for training.
  2. Emergency Change of Quarters: An assignment by the OEMC to temporarily relocate a company to another firehouse for emergency reasons. Example: A 2-11 alarm fire has depleted resources in a geographical area; if the OEMC anticipates a further depletion of resources from a potential escalation of an alarm, etc.
Policy: 
  1. It is the policy of the CFD to attempt to safely and responsibly minimize response times for all emergency incidents.
  2. When a geographical area becomes deplted of CFD resources, the OEMC shall make every attempt to change companies to ensure adequate response coverage city-wide.
  3. When companies are dispatched for an adminnistrative Change of Quarters, they SHALL NOT USE lights and sirens.
  4. When companies are dispatched for an Emergency Change of Quarters, they SHALL USE lights and sirens.
  5. Companies shall only change quartes when instructed to do so by the OEMC; there are no automatic Changes of Quarters.
Procedure: 
  1. When a company is dispatched for a Change of Quarters, the Company Officer shall:
    1. Acknowledge the Change of Quarters, by the appropriate means.
      1. When dispatched to a Change of Quarters while in quarters, ensure that the run acknowledged on Alarm Terminal.
      2. When dispatched to a Change of Quarters while "In Service on the Air", acknowledge the Change of Quarters with the OEMC via the appropriate radio frequency (Main or Englewood).
    2. Press "COE." not "EMR." on the Portable Data Terminal (PDT) in the vehicle, while responding to a Change of Quarters assignment.
    3. Ensure that the vehicle operator proceeds by the appropriate means:
      1. Lights and siren for Emergency Changes
      2. No lights and siren for administrative changes
      3. With caution
      4. Remain alert for other fire department apparatus that may be responding to an emergency
      5. Adhere to all applicable traffic laws as well as all CFD Policies and Procedures
    4. Notify the OEMC via Marshal Line of the arrival at the Change of Quarters.
    5. Press the company's icon, followed by the "AIQ" button, on the Alarm Terminal in the change quarters.
    6. Review the Still Alarm Area Map at the Change of Quarters with the members of the company.
    7. Review any notice for dangerous buildings, Red X buildings, target hazards, etc. at the CHange of Quarters with the members of the company.
  2. A company shall not leave the change of quarters assignment unless:
    1. Dispatched by the OEMC.
    2. Given an assignment by a Chief Officer.
    3. Released by the OEMC.
  3. The companyy shall complete the Change of Quarters when:
    1. The OEMC contacts the company vie Marshal Line or radio and instructs the company to return; or
    2. The assigned company returns to quarters. When this happens, the Company Officer shall call the OEMC on the Marshal Line to confirm that the company is supposed to return to its assigned quarters.
  4. When the company completes the Change of Quarters assignment, the Company Officer shall complete the following:
    1. Press "RTQ" on the PDT when returning from a change quarters.
    2. Press "AIQ" on the Alarm Terminal upon arrival back at a company's assigned quarters.
    3. Log the Change of Quarters, in the Company Journal.
Responsibilities: 
  1. Chief Officers and Company Officers shall conduct company school to ensure that all members are aware of the provisions of this order.
  2. It is the responsibility of all members to have a thorough knowledge of this order.
  3. All Chief Officers, Company Officers, and members shall be held accountable for compliance with this order.

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