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Mutual Aid Agreement

PIKE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

AGREEMENT FOR MUTUAL AID AND ADDITIONAL FIRE PROTECTION

Pursuant to the relevant provisions and paragraphs of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to Mutual Aid Fire Protection this agreement is entered into this 26th day of November, 2013 by and between the member departments of the Pike County Firefighters Association, Inc., specifically:

Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Camp Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

FBP Fire Department, Pike County

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry

Pebble Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Piketon-Seal Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Scioto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

Waverly Fire Department, Pike County

ADDITIONALLY

Brush Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Highland County

Huntington Township, Ross County

Peebles Volunteer Fire Department, Adams County

Rarden Volunteer Fire Department, Scioto County

Scioto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County

AND

Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Pike County

All political subdivisions under the laws of Ohio, Witnesseth:

          THAT WHEREAS, the respective political subdivisions and/or organization hereinabove names have certain firefighting equipment and firefighters to operate same, but which, in emergencies, may be inadequate to afford full and complete protection to said respective properties, and

          WHEREAS, it is desirable that in case of such emergency said respective parties hereto may have additional fire protection which may be afforded by the firefighting equipment and personnel of others of the respective parties hereto as may then, in the opinion of the OFFICER IN CHARGE, of such other party or parties hereto as are called upon, IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED BY AND BETWEEN SAID PARTIES AS FOLLOWS, to wit:

 

 

Section 1- Mutual Aid Provisions and Understandings

1.  That for purposes of affording additional protection to themselves, their contractual obligees, and their inhabitants, the parties hereto do hereby mutually agree to interchange the service of fire departments, and the use of fire apparatus and other emergency equipment, and to that end, it is hereby agreed that they, or any one or more of them shall assist the party hereto primarily responsible and responding to any fire alarm or fire call or other emergency from any OFFICER IN CHARGE, or other duly constituted public official which is a party of this agreement, with its or their firefighting equipment, or other emergency vehicles and firefighters, and shall render like services in combating fires or other emergencies as it renders to itself and its own inhabitants, provided, however, that at no time shall the party or parties upon which the request is made, be required to respond with more than one piece of fire apparatus upon the first alarm, and at no time shall a department respond or be required to respond with more resources, equipment, firefighters and apparatus than can safely be responded without compromising fire and emergency coverage in their primary response area.  Any mutual aid department may depart any scene at any time when the OFFICER IN CHARGE of that department determines that their primary area of coverage is unprotected by first notifying the requesting departments OFFICER IN CHARGE and provided further, that in no case shall the party hereto called upon or rendering such services be liable in any damage to any other party hereto or any of its inhabitants, or contractual obligees, for failure to answer any fire alarm, fire call or other emergency, or for lack of speed in answering any such call, or for any inadequacy of equipment, negligent operation of equipment, failure to extinguish any fire, or for any cause whatsoever growing out of such use of said fire or other equipment and firefighters; nor shall the party hereto, which such use of said fire or other equipment and fire fighters; nor shall the party hereto, which issued such call be liable in any manner or event for damages or loss of equipment or personnel suffered by the party or parties answering such call.

Section 2- Structure Fires

2.  It is also understood and agreed that all STRUCTURE FIRES shall have, in addition to the primary fire department, the next closest and/or available fire department alerted simultaneously and without delay, to provide TANKER assistance in non hydranted areas or PUMPER/ENGINE assistance in hydranted areas to the primary responding fire department, and that all responding firefighters should respond to their respective fire stations to man their fire apparatus and should not respond to the fire scene in their personal vehicles, and that the first out apparatus shall be a TANKER truck capable of tending at least 1,000 gallons of water in rural responses and non hydranted areas and a PUMPER/ENGINE capable of pumping at least 750 gallons per minute in hydranted areas and all other personnel and equipment should standby on their respective fire stations until requested by the primary responding fire departments OFFICER IN CHARGE.  However, the automatic mutual aid department may elect to respond with additional firefighting apparatus, equipment and manpower as per their local policy and procedures.  The automatic aid fire department shall not be required to wait until such dispatch is received and may upon hearing their neighboring departments dispatch, elect to respond automatically to their station and/or respond automatically with an appropriate fire apparatus.  

2.1.  Further, all fire fighters responding shall have all personal protective clothing, gear and equipment with them and in place as per local, state, federal, OSHA, NIOSH, NFPA, BWC and any other applicable guidelines, laws, rules, regulations and/or standards.  The OFFICER IN CHARGE shall have and reserve the right to dismiss any firefighter who does not have or possess the appropriate personal protective clothing, gear, equipment and training.

Section 3- Brush, Field, Grass, Wild Land and Woods Fires

3.  Additionally, ALL DAY TIME BRUSH, FIELDS, GRASS, WILD LAND OR WOOD LAND FIRES during the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM shall have in addition to the primary responding fire department, the next closest and/or available fire department dispatched simultaneously and without delay, to provide BRUSH and/or TANKER truck and/or FIREFIGHTERS capable of combating fires of this type.  All responding firefighters should respond in accordance to Section 2 of this agreement.

Section 4- Rescue Incidents and Other Incidents

4.  All RESCUE type incidents shall have the primary fire department dispatched and the closest RESCUE that is equipped with necessary and reliable tools and equipment to be able to perform an extrication etc.  Not all Pike County Departments have Rescue capability.  When dispatch or the OFFICER IN CHARGE have information that the incident involves 2 or more cars etc. a second RESCUE should be considered.  It is appropriate for Dispatch to alert a second RESCUE based on the information that they have received via 911 or other communications means.  If the RESCUE is not needed then they should cancelled or advised to respond non-emergency to the scene.  On nearly all scenes the fire department having jurisdiction should be dispatched and on scene to secure the roadway, scene, provide safety, assist EMS or any other duties that may be required or requested.  All responding firefighters should respond in accordance with Section 2 of this Agreement.

4.1 All other types of incidents and emergencies shall have the primary fire department dispatched and the closest special operations department that is equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to perform the task at hand.  All responding firefighters should respond in accordance with Section 2 of this Agreement. 

Section 5- Call Acknowledgement, Response, Error Correcting and Radio Etiquette

5.  Further, it shall be understood that the OFFICER IN CHARGE or a CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTER shall acknowledge all fire alarms, alerts, and calls for assistance and/or dispatches within five (5) minutes of the alert via radio or telephone.  If a fire department does not acknowledge within the five (5) minute time frame then the next closest and/or available fire department is to be dispatched.  Department’s will have ten (10) minutes to respond with a fire apparatus from the time they were alerted.  In the event that they have not responded then the next closest and/or available fire department will be dispatched.  This procedure applies to all fire departments that are being dispatched.  

5.1. If you are not within a reasonable response time to your fire station or out of your fire coverage area then you should not acknowledge the dispatch.  

5.2. The primary fire departments OFFICER IN CHARGE shall immediately size up the fire or emergency scene and either order additional responding units up to and including additional apparatus, firefighters and departments or slow down or cancel any responding apparatus, firefighters and departments.  

5.3. The OFFICER IN CHARGE or any CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTER shall immediately advise the dispatch center of any known errors in any dispatch as soon as they are aware of the error and shall offer the correct information without delay and in a professional manner.

5.4. All Emergency Responders, Dispatchers and anyone else serving on the emergency scene or in the dispatch center shall not use codes but rather plain English talk in a keep it simple format as per the National Incident Management System Guidelines.

Section 6- Dispatcher Duties

6.  Providing further, the primary dispatch center for Pike County is the Pike County Sheriff’s Office but any dispatch center having jurisdiction and the on duty dispatcher will be responsible for alerting the correct primary, automatic aid and/or mutual aid fire department and/or appropriate responding agency in accordance with local procedures, policies, maps and 911 system.   

6.1. The dispatcher will also be responsible for any necessary radio and/or phone calls as needed or requested by the OFFICER IN CHARGE.  All requests should be kept to a minimum and all OFFICERS IN CHARGE should remember that the dispatcher might be delayed in times of great demand. 

6.2. The on duty dispatcher shall have the right to request that all radio traffic standby in the event of an emergency and the on duty dispatcher shall have the right to direct and/or request that radio traffic be directed over a talk around channel in an effort to keep the repeater free and available for emergency messages and dispatches.

6.3. Dispatcher and Emergency personnel alike should use plain talk or plain English and no codes as per the National Incident Command System.

6.4 In the event of a disaster or major event it is recommended that each member department staff their station with a radio operator/dispatcher to handle any needs that may arise so that they sheriff’s office dispatcher is not overwhelmed with additional requests.

Section 7- Mutual Aid/Automatic Aid Definitions and Further Understandings

7.  That for the purpose of this agreement, mutual aid and automatic aid is hereby defined as “The aid rendered by or between subdivisions of government owned and operated firefighting or other emergency equipment and shall not include primary response to any alarm of fire or other emergency made by a subdivision legally responsible for such primary response.”  However, there are certain instances where the primary fire department has not responded due to manpower shortages, communication failures or unknown and/or unforeseen circumstances that will necessitate the need for the automatic mutual aid and/or mutual aid fire department to become the primary responding fire department.

Section 8- Term, Termination and Coverage

8.  This contract shall be made and remain in full force and effect for perpetuity, provided, however, that any party may terminate this contract upon thirty-days’ notice, in writing, to all other parties.  And, withdrawal or removal of membership from this Association shall terminate all provisions of this agreement and its benefits.  Further, should a fire department entity gain membership into said Association following the initial adoption of this Agreement, and after that Entity adopts this Agreement and following notification of all parties of such adoption, such party shall be considered as if they were a party to its original adoption.

8.1. This Agreement shall be reviewed yearly by the Mutual Aid Agreement Committee who will recommend any needed additions, deletions and/or changes.

Section 9- Certificate of Adoption of Mutual Aid Agreement

This Mutual Aid Agreement amends, replaces and supersedes any and all existing Mutual Aid Agreements of the Pike County Firefighter’s Association.

 

I do hereby certify that the above stated Mutual Aid Agreement Constitution of The Pike County Ohio Firefighters Association Incorporated were approved by the Mutual Aid Committee, the Executive Board and the majority of the member departments present on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 and constitute a complete copy of the Mutual Aid Agreement of the corporation.

 

 

Secretary __________________________

 

Date: ________________________

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, said respective political subdivisions parties hereto, have hereunto caused this agreement to be executed as provided by ordinance or resolution duly adopted for that purpose, a copy of which is hereto appended, this 26th day of November, 2013.

Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Camp Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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FBP Fire Department, Pike County

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Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry

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Pebble Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

______________________________________

____________________________

Piketon-Seal Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Scioto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, Pike County

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Waverly Fire Department, Pike County

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Brush Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Highland County

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Huntington Township, Ross County

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Peebles Volunteer Fire Department, Adams County

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____________________________

Rarden Volunteer Fire Department, Scioto County

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Scioto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County

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Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Pike County

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