"Protecting Rockleigh Borough since 1932"



26 Rockleigh Road

Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647


      Protecting Rockleigh Borough since 1932"


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1.  ALARMS: All available firefighters will report to the firehouse immediately when an alarm is given by radio, pager, siren, or by other means.

a. The first firefighter to arrive at the firehouse will immediately report by radio to KBT-809 "CLOSTER COMMUNICATIONS" that "Department Fifty-five: Firehouse is manned" and confirm the alarm location, type of incident, and receive any size-up report from the responding police.

b. Qualified driver-pump operators, upon arrival, will move apparatus onto the apron and turn on all warning lights and radios. They each will take two (2) portable radios into the cab.

c. All firefighters will respond from the firehouse in full turnout gear. Turnout gear consists of fire hood, fire helmet with ear flaps down, fully fastened protective coat with liner installed, bunker pants with short boots or thigh-length boots fully pulled up, and protective gloves, all of which are either issued by or approved by the Rockleigh Fire Department. (Drivers need not have turn-out gear fully on if parts of the gear interfere with their ability to drive safely. All protective gear must be fully donned at the scene.)

2.  RESPONSE: Before leaving the firehouse, the officer and driver of the first-due apparatus shall know with certainty the location of incident, type of incident, and location of nearest hydrant.

a. Apparatus assignments and manning levels: Apparatus shall not leave the firehouse with less than the minimum manning level unless ordered otherwise by the Incident Command Officer. Apparatus shall never carry more men than the specified maximum. The order of apparatus response and manning levels for ALL alarms is as follows:

(1) First out - Command Unit: Normally R-1 (mini-pumper/command unit) responds first with minimally one officer or acting officer and a maximum two (2) firefighters (including the officer) to function as a "Fast Attack or Command Unit". The Command Unit shall call KBT-809 CLOSTER COMMUNICATIONS with a response report. On arrival at the scene, the Command Unit will initiate the Incident Command System, broadcast a size-up report to all units, and initiate investigation.

(2) Second-out - Engine Company: Normally R-2 or R-3 (maxi-pumper) responds second with a minimum of three (3) firefighters and a maximum of five (5) firefighters to function as an "Engine Company". Once responding, the Engine Company will call the Incident Command Officer with a manning-level report and request instructions. The officer or senior fireman in the compliment shall be in charge of the company and be prepared to direct Engine Company evolutions.

(3) Third-out - Truck Company: Normally R-2 or R-3 (maxi-pumper) responds third with a minimum of three (3) firefighters and a maximum of five (5) firefighters to function as a "Truck Company". It should wait on the apron for a few minutes to ensure that all responding firefighters will make the last truck. Once responding, the Truck Company will call the Incident Command Officer with the manning-level report and request instructions. The officer or senior fireman in the compliment shall be in charge of the company and be prepared to direct "truck company" evolutions.

b. Apparatus safety: All firefighters must ride in seats within the apparatus and have SEAT BELTS FASTENED. Firefighters shall ride neither on the rear step, nor on side steps, nor in the hose bed except when repacking supply hose. The driver shall not move the apparatus until this order is met and the compliment of men is within specified manning levels.

c. Traffic laws: Fire apparatus responding to an alarm or incident or for any purpose on any public way shall obey ALL posted speed limits and traffic control devices with the following exceptions:

(1) Red lights/Stop signs: Responding apparatus must come to a complete stop at red or blinking red traffic signals, and stop signs. It then may proceed through the stop signal (using siren, horn, and emergency warning lights) only after ensuring that it is absolutely safe to proceed.

(2) One-way streets: Responding apparatus (using siren, horn, and emergency warning lights) may proceed against the indicated traffic flow with extreme caution and only if the way is clear.

(3) Passing: Responding apparatus (using siren, horn, and emergency warning lights) may pass vehicles which have slowed or stopped to yield the right-of-way to the responding apparatus, provided that it is safe to do so.


3.  AT THE INCIDENT SCENE: The Incident Command System shall be used and SOPs followed.

a. The Incident Command Officer shall be first senior Rockleigh Fire Officer on the scene. If there is no officer on the scene, the senior firefighter at the scene shall function as the Incident Command Officer until an officer of the Rockleigh Fire Department arrives. Note: Un-ranked firefighter seniority is set by the level of Fire Academy Fire-Fighter Training, not length of time in volunteer service. The senior officer present must (by statute) be in charge of any HAZ-MAT incident.

b. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Rockleigh Fire Department (copies of which are in each vehicle) shall be followed to the extent possible.

c. Full Turn-Out Gear shall be worn by firefighters while responding and at every incident scene.

d. SCBA packs shall be donned before leaving the apparatus and ready to use at all fire and HAZ-MAT incidents. Full beards, large mustaches, and long sideburns interfere with SCBA mask seal and are proscribed by NJ-OSHA and by the RFD.

(1) All hose teams shall have SCBA donned and ready to use. Hose teams operating inside structures (including overhaul) as well as outside at vehicular fires, trash fires, and Haz-Mat incidents shall use SCBA and the PASS device. Each team leader shall have a radio.

(2) Search-and-rescue teams and ventilation teams shall use SCBA and the PASS device when operating inside structures and have SCBA donned and ready for use when working outside. Each team leader shall have a radio.

e. Participation in inside structural firefighting or in proximity to any fire or hazardous-materials incident is restricted to fire fighters that are in active status, fire-academy qualified, and healthy. A minimum of four (4) firefighters (excluding the Incident Command Officer) must be assembled before initiating interior fire fighting operations. A FAST TEAM must be called for all interior fires.



a. The Borough Fire Marshal is to be notified immediately in the event of a structure fire so that an investigation can begin before evidence is destroyed.

b. The Bergen County Police Arson Squad must be called for serious personal injury, death, extensive fire damage, unoccupied building, unexplainable fire volume, or suspicious origin.

c. "Rules of evidence": Because the Fire Marshal can be denied access to property once firefighters leave, a fire officer must remain in control of the scene until an investigator arrives.


5.  RETURN TO QUARTERS: Firefighters may not leave the scene or firehouse until dismissed.

a. The Incident Command Officer shall notify KBT-809 CLOSTER COMMUNICATIONS when all units have returned to quarters. He shall call the roll and complete all necessary reports.

b. Drivers shall park the apparatus and ensure that all electrical systems are turned off and all radios located and returned to the chargers.

c. Officers or firefighters acting as officers in charge of a company shall ensure that all equipment is secured in the proper place, portable radios are re-charged, water tanks are filled, hose beds re-packed, and that the apparatus cleaned (if necessary) and ready to respond to the next alarm. All equipment in need of replenishment, repair, or replacement must be removed from the apparatus and the Assistant Chief or Chief notified.


6. RANGE OF OPERATION: Fire apparatus shall not to be taken from the area defined by the Boroughs or Hamlets of Alpine, Closter, Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood, Palisades, Tappan, and Sparkill, except for firematic purposes, repair, or by resolution of the Mayor and Council.

Mike Malhama, Chief
1 January 2006


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