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Madisonville Fire-Rescue


Standard Operating Procedures

Effective 12/01/2015



  1. Purpose

    This Standard Operating Procedure is to establish Procedures and Responsibilities

    within the Fire Department of the City of Madisonville. This S.O.P will insure that all

    Available resources are applied in the most efficient manner to maintain the highest fire protection readiness level possible. All procedures outlined in this S.O.P will be strictly adhered to. However, this S.O.P is a guide to sound judgment, and good common sense practices will be applied to every situation.

  2. SCOPE

    This S.O.P. outlines procedures for job accomplishment of the Chief, Assistant Chief, Paid Firefighters and Volunteer Firefighters. It will be applicable to all persons involved in fire suppression or all operations concerning the Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department.

  3. Objectives
    1. To offer the highest level of fire protection available.
    2. Maximize operational readiness of all Emergency Vehicles and Equipment.
    3. Early detection and correction of potential or actual equipment failure at the lowest practical level of maintenance.


  1. Responsibilities:


    1. To Advise the Fire Commissioner and/or the city council on all matters pertaining to the fire department.
    2. Function as Chief responsible for the supervision of an efficient and economical Fire Department. Coordinate all Activities pertaining to the fire department.
    3. Insure maximum emphasis on fire department readiness by providing assistance and supervision of personnel to insure an effective and efficient Fire Department operation.
    4. Coordinate with all other department heads for better understanding of all County wide operations.
    5. To promote a cohesiveness between all departments.
    6. To insure a High level of quality is being maintained in all levels of the operation.
    7. Insure that a high degree of professionalism is maintained with all


    1. Be responsible for discipline up to and including suspension and termination for all employees.
    2. Take Emergency Calls after hours.



Assistant Chief

    1. Will be directly responsible to the chief
    2. Will be responsible for the day to day operation concerns of the fire department.
    3. Maintain an open line of communication with the Chief and firefighters.
    4. Insure that all paperwork is completed in a timely manner.
    5. Oversee all maintenance to be performed.
    6. Ensure that all shifts are covered by appropriate employees.
    7. Will be responsible for discipline up to and including the suspension and termination of an employee.
    8. Acts as Chief at any emergency scene until the arrival of the chief
    9. Keep account of all firefighters work hours and time scheduling.
    10. Evaluate all personnel work performance
    11. Take emergency calls after hours.





    1. Firefighters will be responsible to the Assistant Chief or Chief.
    2. Rescue Victims from fire and entrapment.
    3. Provide Fire suppression operating in the Incident Command System.
    4. Assist in removing victims from catastrophe on the orders from the senior medical officer on scene.
    5. Maintain vehicles and communication equipment in a constant ready state.
    6. Maintain medical supplies and replenish as needed.
    7. Assist in controlling crowds, protecting valuables, controlling traffic or performing other duties as requested by the Incident Commander.
    8. Operate on an emergency scene only in the scope of your training.
    9. Clean and maintain vehicles and station each shift.
    10. Take Emergency calls after hours.








Volunteer Firefighters

    1. Is responsible to the Assistant Chief or Chief.
    2. Must attend a minimum of 80% of all training sessions
    3. Must complete both basic and live firefighting within a calendar year after joining the department. (excused only if no courses can be located locally)
    4. Must perform duties that are assigned to them by the Incident Commander.
    5. Must operate on an emergency scene only in the scope of their training.
    6. Performs all duties that have been assigned to fulltime firefighters

*** These Job descriptions is not to be all inclusive. All firefighters ,from time to time ,will be asked to do other job related tasks that will be assigned by their immediate supervisor***










Training Requirements

Fulltime personnel

  1. Basic and Live Firefighting
  2. EMT – IV or Paramedic
  3. Firefighter I and II within 3 years becoming hired fulltime
  4. Vehicle Rescue
  5. Hazmat Operations, Technician preferred
  6. Pump Operations
  7. CPR
  8. EVOC


  1. Same as full time plus Officer I

Training Officer

  1. Same as Full time and Captain plus Instructor I

Part-time personnel

  1. Basic and Live Firefighting
  2. First Responder
  3. Vehicle Rescue
  4. Hazmat Operations
  5. FF I
  6. Pump Operations
  7. CPR
  8. EVOC

Volunteer personnel

  1. Basic and live Firefighting with in 1 year of joining if available
  2. Vehicle Rescue
  3. First Responder
  4. Hazmat awareness
  5. CPR

    Training Requirements Cont.

  6. EVOC

Minimum Yearly Training Requirements per Member

58 hours annually per member, this equals 80% of the scheduled drills, or 19 of the 24 Tuesday night drills.

    1. 40 hour department training
    2. 12 hours multi company training
    3. 6 hours night training
    4. We will have 1 makeup drill per month during the day. If unable to make either the regular drill or makeup drill must schedule your makeup time with training officer. This must be made up by the end of the following month, with all training to be completed by the end of November
  1. 20 hours per month company training per member
  2. 12 hours per year for officers
  3. 12 hours per year for driver / operators

Any Extra training you choose to attend maybe paid for with prior approval of Chief and Training Officer.

Requirements for all new personnel

  1. Must attend 40 hour Emergency Vehicle Driver Training program
  2. Must attend 240 hour recruit training program
  3. Must complete orientation program





Dress Code

The goal for Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department is to project a professional appearance at all times, to that end we have established dress code for all firefighters.

The standard uniform will be Blue shirt and brass, including but not limited to collar pins, Badge, worn over left breast. Name plate, worn over Right breast with Navy pants, Black Belt, Black Boots, All which will be Department issued.

The Chiefs Standard uniform will be White Shirt and brass, including but not limited to collar pins, Badge, worn over left breast. Name plate worn over Right breast with navy pants, black belt, black boots. All which will be Department issued

The exception to this will be after 1800hrs or if the ambient temperature outside reaches 90 degrees, then you may change to a DEPARTMENT issued T-Shirt. This also applies to responding to calls which require use of FULL turnout gear.

This list was not intended to be all inclusive and may be altered from time to time by the Chief of the department.

Vehicle Operation and Response

All vehicle of the Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department will only be operated by members of the department who poses a valid Tennessee drivers license. Anyone operating a vehicle in emergency traffic must have poses certification of Emergency Vehicle Operation Course completion. Anyone operating an Engine shall only do so after completing training to also operate the pump.

The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department has established this emergency response policy.

bulletANY vehicle doesn’t move until everyone is seat belted. EVER!
bulletALL vehicles will always come to a complete stop if the traffic light is red. ALWAYS!
bulletALL vehicles will always come to a complete stop at a stop sign. ALWAYS!

The driver will be held fully responsible for the operation of the vehicle at all times. This includes the firefighters riding in the vehicle. If the driver fails to follow the response the driver will be suspended pending termination.

All Emergency responses require the use of both siren (audible warning) and red lights (visible warning). Further, All non-emergency responses will be without use of siren and red lights in accordance with Tennessee state law.

Personnel responding directly to a scene in their personal vehicles shall yield the right of way to any official emergency vehicle responding under emergency condition. Remember, anytime you are involved in an accident in your personal vehicle, your vehicle is not covered by any other insurance other than your own.

Vehicle Operation and Response Cont.

Emergency lights (red lights visible on front of vehicle) and siren are not permitted to be run by any Madisonville Fire-Rescue personnel on their personal vehicle.

It is the responsibility of all personnel to arrive on the scene in a timely but safe manner to perform the necessary firefighting functions.

Vehicle Appearance

Vehicles will have a clean and presentable appearance; this includes washing vehicles and cleaning interior daily or as needed.

If a unit is dirty after a response it must be cleaned immediately after the response and restocked as needed.



The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department establishes that operational safety and firefighter survival is the primary goal of the department. Constant evaluation and balancing of the risks to the firefighters against any potential benefits that such firefighter exposure will yield.

To that end, The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department establishes the following criteria for overall firefighting safety:

    1. Department’s personnel response will be made on the assumption that we can protect lives and property and make a substantial difference at the scene.
    2. The risk of firefighter’s lives will be limited to protect savable life.
    3. Firefighter’s lives will not be intentionally endangered on savable property.
    4. Firefighter’s lives will not be intentionally endangered on lost life or property.
    5. An injured or deceased rescuer is no longer a rescuer.






Safety equipment

On ALL fire incidents, the following safety equipment will be worn by all personnel on the scene.

    1. Fire Helmet
    2. Fire Coat
    3. Fire Gloves
    4. Nomex Hood
    5. Bunker Pants
    6. Fire Boots
    7. Reflective vest if on the road.

The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department strives to be safe in operations at all times. If any personnel arrive on scene without proper personal protection equipment, they will be removed until properly donned.

Respirator Policy

The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department in co-operation with OSHA has established a respirator use policy.

Since there is no way for us to be site specific and classify what contaminates is at all scenes and to provide the best possible safety for our firefighters. We have classified all scenes to be an I D L H (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health) environment which requires use of an S C B A (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) to be used during at all times during operation at the scene.










Fire ground Command

A goal of the Madisonville Fire-Rescue is to establish a sense of order, unity, and control at the scene of any operation. To that end, all operations of the Madisonville Fire-Rescue shall be guided by an Incident Commander. This will help insure the safety of the firefighters and the effectiveness of the firefighting effort. This position will be filled by the senior officer, or the senior member on scene until a more ranking person arrives on scene.

Such command shall include, but is not limited to:

    1. Assume Confirm, and position command.
    2. Evaluate the situation.
    3. Initiate, maintain and control communication
    4. Identify strategy (to include offensive or defensive strategies), develop attack plans, and assign units.
    5. Develop fire ground operation.
    6. Review, evaluate and revise the attack plan as needed.
    7. No operation shall be performed without the consent or knowledge of the I.C. (Incident Commander)
    8. Continue, transfer, and terminate command.

The command operation shall be directed towards providing for firefighters safety and effectiveness by establishing and maintaining control of their positions and functions.


A complete report shall be completed for each response. The report shall be completed by the firefighter on duty. The report is necessary to the department to maintain records of operation. The report may also be needed by insurance companies or law enforcement agencies in their investigation of the fire. All reports are to be completed immediately following the response. All medical reports will be completed by personnel that provide treatment and or is the highest medically trained on scene.

Dispatch of Vehicles

    1. Structure fires: Engine 3- Engine 1-Engine 2- Service Truck
    2. Vehicle fires: Engine 3-Service Truck
    3. Vehicle wreck: Engine 3- Service Truck- Engine 1
    4. First response: Engine 3-Service Truck- Engine 1
    5. Back up in county Engine 1-Service Truck
    6. Back up out of co Engine 1

These dispatch instructions are not intended to be all inclusive and can be changed as the situation merits.


Each paid firefighter shall have a daily inspection of all the vehicles. Items such as radio, water level, fuel level, hand tools, hydraulic rescue tools, hoses and flashlights shall be checked to ensure readiness of the entire vehicle when needed. A log of inspections shall be maintained to ensure deficiencies are corrected. This will be completed by 0900 every shift.

Vehicle fluid levels (engine oil, coolant, battery water etc) shall be checked daily and maintained at proper levels for operation.

Each truck equipped with water shall have such tank maintained at full capacity for both emergency and safe operations.

Fuel tanks shall be maintained with a minimum of full when available for emergency response.

Station Maintenance

Each shift must clean the Bedroom, Day room and Bathroom. These rooms are to be cleaned and swept daily and mopped as needed. The bay area must be cleaned daily swept out and or washed. The bedroom is to be vacuumed daily. Any other cleaning that arises to be done.

General Rules

The following conduct shall be grounds for immediate dismissal

  1. The possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage, illegal drug, or marijuana anytime the employee is on duty.
  2. Reporting to work under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug, or marijuana.
  3. Being convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.
  4. Falsifying information on any record that pertains to your job.
  5. Stealing from the department or another employee.
  6. Walking off the job or leaving the station unattended during your shift.
  7. Tampering with or destroying other people’s time card.






Conduct Cont.

The following conduct and or acts shall be grounds for disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal as deemed necessary by the Chief.

  1. Intentionally causing damage to the building, vehicles, furnishings, and equipment as well as personal property of others.
  2. Fighting, horseplay or any other unsafe behavior while on duty.
  3. Continued arguments and foul language between employees.
  4. Denial or refusal to respond to a call of any kind while on duty.
  5. Insubordination or refusal to carry out any reasonable assignment connected to the employees’ job.
  6. Continued rudeness to visitors or the public or fellow employees.
  7. Disclosing confidential information.
  8. Irregular attendance.
  9. Continual or frequent tardiness.
  10. Poor performance on the job affecting quality or quantity of work.
  11. Violation of employee guidelines or habitual disregard for departmental policy.
  12. When employee is going to be absent for any reason the employee must notify the Assistant Chief or Chief for approval. Failure to notify will result in action. No time off will be paid unless approved by the Chief or Assistant Chief.
  13. Employees will be allowed visitors between the hours of 0830 till 2130. Visitors must not interfere with employees’ job performance or other departments’ employees or operation Visitors are not allowed on calls except with written permission from the Chief.

Disciplinary Action

The Madisonville Fire-Rescue Department has adopted the following policy on discipline. Disciplinary action will normally be issued in a progressive manner; however this may not always be the case. Each incident will be handled on its own merit, but will adhere as closely as possible to the guidelines below.



Discussion / Verbal Warning

The purpose of the verbal warning is to emphasize the need to correct a performance or behavior problem. The infraction will be brought to the attention to the employee in a supportive but serious tone. The verbal warning will be documented on informal notes and placed in the employees personnel file. This document will include specific details regarding the matter in question and should summarize the discussion with the employee. If the unacceptable behavior is corrected then this will not become part of the employee’s permanent record. The date and a brief explanation will appear in the employees file from a period of 1 calendar year from the date of the offense. The employee is warned of the next level of discipline if conformance is not achieved at this level.

Written Reminder

The purpose of the written reminder is to reemphasize the need for employee to correct a problem or to conform to accepted standards of practice. The employee will be provided with written documentation of the offense and will be provided with documentation of the offence and will receive a copy of the document that will become part of the employees permanent record.


This action evolves a letter being placed in the employees personnel file in addition to a specified period of time in which the employee is in a non-work/non-pay status. The length of the suspension is determined by the nature of the violation. A suspension may be the product of non-conformance following a written warning or failure to observe the general rules, or orders.


A proposal of termination is the most severe form of disciplinary action. Employee nonconformance following suspension or failure to observe general rules or orders may be the basis for this recommendation.

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