S.O.G. No.:01-010 Revision: June 2006
Effective Date: June 2006
1.1 In the interest of the department member’s health and safety, this document is established to provide guidelines maintaining a safe deployment during ice rescue operations.
2.1 Union Fire District Board of Wardens Policy
3.1 The department shall maintain safe deployment during all ice rescue operations in accordance with OSHA regulations.
4.1 ICE RESCUE
4.1.1 Special Hazard 1 & Rescue 6 shall respond to all ice rescue calls.
4.1.2 Only one apparatus per station shall respond within that station’s response area for ice rescues. Only the apparatus equipped with ice rescue gear shall respond.
4.1.3 Incident Command system shall be used during ice rescues.
4.1.4 Only personnel dressed in exposure suits are allowed on the ice. No one dressed in turn out gear is allowed on the ice.
4.1.5 Rescue device will be roped at all times.
4.1.6 Rescuer will be secured to rescue device.
4.2 First rescue device shall go directly to victim. Second rescue device shall advance angle and shall not commit unless called.
4.3 Primary rope handler (first person on rope) shall be the only person to interpret signals from the rescuer on the rescue device.
4.4 If the backup rescue device is in a position to do so, he/she may relay commands from the primary rescue device.
4.5 Standard signals are:
4.5.1 Fist in air – STOP
4.5.2 Arm waving side to side – PULL
4.8 During night rescues, lighting must be established before any personnel are allowed on the ice.