So that problems as a result of miscommunication may be avoided within the organization of the Wyckoff Fire Department written guidelines will be developed that will define how operations are preferred to be conducted. These guidelines, called standard operating guidelines or SOGs, clearly spell out what is expected and required of personnel during emergency response and non-emergency activities. They provide a mechanism to communicate legal and administrative requirements, organizational policies, and strategic plans to the members.
This SOG Index will serve as an outline in the formulation, implementation, organization, and administration of SOGs for the Wyckoff (NJ) Fire Department. The intent of the Index is to aid in the ease of categorization of existing SOGs and to serve as a tool in identifying the need for a new SOG to be authored. It is understood that emergency operations are unique in that they are continually evolving and may require actions that are unconventional and differ from the existing SOGs, and these are written strictly as a suggestion as to the preferred manner in which a certain operation is to be addressed. If an Incident Commander, or person working under the Incident Commander, deems it absolutely necessary to conduct operations in such a way which is in a different process than outlined in the written SOG, they have the ability to do so. Any and all diversion from the written SOG should be carefully considered with life safety being the most important factor.
The index, itself, is nothing more than a boiler plate outline and many of the indicated line items may not have a written SOG. In these cases, the Incident Commander will have full descression to make decisions based on life safety, incident stabilization, and property conservation.
Finally, the SOGs of the Wyckoff Fire Department are continually evolving as deemed necessary by the SOG Committee. With this in mind it is of utmost importance that all members of the Wyckoff Fire Department familiarize themselves with the SOGs and periodically chek for updates, revisions, and new SOGs posted on this site.
200- PREVENTION AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
201-PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION—Procedures to promote awareness of hazards, provide emergency information, encourage prevention, and foster good will and support in the community.
- 201.1-Working with the Public
- 201.2-Working with the Media
- 201.3-Emergency Public Information
- 201.4-Public Education
- 201.5-Public Relations
202-BUILDING INSPECTIONS AND CODE ENFORCEMENT—Procedures for evaluating and enforcing safety in buildings and commercial operations.
- 202.1-Authorities and Codes
- 202.2-Design and Plans Review
- 202.3-Residential Inspections
- 202.4-Commercial Inspections
- 202.5- Industrial Inspections
- 202.6-Code Enforcement
- 202.7-Record Keeping
203-SPECIAL FREE PROGRAMS
- 203.1-Fire and Arson Investigation
- 203.2-Hydrant Maintenance
- 203.3-Other Special Programs