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SECTION 12

CVECO ACCOUNTABILITY

SYSTEM

CHAPTER TITLE PAGE
1 CVECO Accountability System ………………………... Page 02
2 On-Scene Accountability ……………………………….. Page 02
3 CVECO Accountability Standard ………………………. Page 03
4 Accountability Board …………………………………… Page 03
5 Responder Tags …………………………………………. Page 04
6 Sector Tags ……………………………………………… Page 05
7 Passports ………………………………………………... Page 06
8 PAR Buttons ……………………………………………. Page 07
9 Using The Accountability System ……………………… Page 08
APPENDICES
A Accountability Board Diagram …………………………. Page 09
B Step-By-Step Example ………………………………….. Page 10

Index

1.

CVECO ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM:

 

 

1.1

CVECO has a personnel accountability system that readily identifies both the location and function of all members operating at an incident scene.

 

 

1.2

This incident management system will maintain accountability for the location and function of each company or unit at the emergency scene. This system also provides a means for maintaining span of control

 

 

1.3

Each CVECO member with response capabilities shall adopt a (the) compatible system to maintain accountability for all personnel assigned to the incident.

 

 

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2.

ON-SCENE ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

 

2.1

Incident Command will track, or assign an Accountability Officer to facilitate the tracking and accountability of the location and function of response personnel.

 

 

2.2

The Accountability Officer will work with Incident Command and Sector Officers to assist in the on-going tracking and accountability of responders.

 

 

2.3

All Sector Officers will maintain a constant awareness of the position and function of personnel assigned to operate in their sector. This awareness shall serve as a basic means of accountability that shall be required for operational safety.

 

 

2.4

Approximately every 30 minutes, or after any significant event, Incident Command will call for a PAR. All Sectors must report in that they have a PAR on their status.

 

 

2.5

If any department or sector cannot account for all it’s members then a Search must be conducted for the missing people by the RIT team.

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3.

CVECO ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARD:

 

 

3.1

Each company that has an internal fire brigade or who will respond to assist other members must have an accountability system in place.

 

 

3.2

The accountability system may be adapted to individual response group resources but must incorporate the following principles:

 

 

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Accounts for location and function of all personnel at the incident scene

 

 

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Provides a means for maintaining span of control

 

 

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Means to accommodate change of personnel for rehab, shift or assignment.

 

 

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Means for the emergency removal of crews when conditions present an immediate life hazard.

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4.

ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD: (Appendix ‘A’ - Figure 4.1)

 

 

4.1

The accountability tracking system must contain but not be limited to:

 

 

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Accountability boards will have white backgrounds

 

 

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A flat board style will be no smaller than 45 cm (18”) x 58 cm (23”).

 

 

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The folding binder style will be no smaller than 38 cm (15”) x 34 cm (13 ½”).

 

 

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A marking pencil is required to record information (as warranted).

 

 

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Identifying the name of your company on the folding front or top of the board.

 

 

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Area to identify the Incident Commander at the top center of the board.

 

 

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Clock and a method of tracking time.

 

 

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Areas to record responders that are on-scene

 

 

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Areas to record responders that have been assigned a task

 

 

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Areas to record Sectors, Officers, responders with a place to record on air and times the responder is in and out of a hazardous area.

 

 

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Board that can hold a minimum of 6 passports or task assignments

 

 

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Area that can record times of a minimum of 10 PARs that could be issued.

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5.

RESPONDER TAGS: (Figure 5.1)

 

 

5.1

Each agency will have tags to identify each emergency responder.

 

 

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The tags will be no larger than 6 cm (2 1/4”) x 1.3 cm (1/2”).

 

 

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The tags will have a backing that is Velcro (loop side).

 

 

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The responders name will be on the tag along with the company name or logo

 

 

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Printing (uppercase) on the tags will be 3/16”. No larger.

 

 

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Tags will be coloured for the following:

 

 

 

Command Level - White background with black printing

 

 

 

Sector Level - Red background with white printing

 

 

 

Task Level - Yellow background with black printing

 

 

 

Safety Officer - Blue background with white printing

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6.

SECTOR TAGS: (Figure 6.1)

 

 

6.1

Each agency will have tags to identify various sectors.

 

 

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The tags will be no larger than 6 cm (2 Ό”) x 1.3 cm (½”).

 

 

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The sector tag will have a green background with white printing

 

 

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Printing (uppercase) on the tags will be 3/16“. No larger.

 

 

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The tags will have a backing that is Velcro (loop side).

 

 

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Tags (6 each) will be created but not limited to the following sectors:

 

 

 

- North / South / East / West

 

- Cooling

 

- Foam Attack / Foam Supply

 

- Water Supply

 

- Hazardous Materials (HazMat)

 

- Medical

 

- Decontamination (Decon)

 

- Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)

 

- Rehabilitation (Rehab)

 

- Safety

 

- Rescue

 

- Reconnaissance (Recon)

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7.

PASSPORTS: (Figure 7.1)

 

 

7.1

A Passport is a tag that has the department name, type of equipment and the ability to attach the tags of responders assigned carry out the assigned task.

 

 

7.2

The company name or logo, name and number of the piece of equipment will be printed at the top of the Passport.

 

 

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The Passport will be 11 cm (4 1/2”) x 8 cm (3 1/8”)

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Passports will be white with black printing that is no more than 1 cm (3/8”) high.

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Safety Passports will the same size except they will be blue in colour

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The back of the Passport will contain clearly printed information on the apparatus such as water pump size, type of foam, amount of foam, or length of ladder.

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The front of each Passport will have two Velcro 3” x 1” strips (hook side) that run vertically and are positioned Ό” from each side.

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The back of each Passport will have two Velcro 3 ½” x 1” strips that run horizontally and are positioned Ό” from top and Ό” from the bottom.

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The Passport should be able to hold a minimum of seven responder tags

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Each company should have 4 extra blank Passports to be used for unusual circumstance that may occurs if not listed in this document.

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8.

PAR BUTTONS: (Figure 8.1)

 

 

8.1

PAR (marking) buttons are used to assist in recording that all sectors are accounted for.

 

 

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PAR tags are orange round buttons no more than 2.5 cm (1”) in size for ensuring all sectors are accounted for.

 

 

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The PAR buttons will have a backing that is Velcro (loop side).

 

 

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Each company should have at least 10 PAR buttons as a minimum.

 

 

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As each company reports in the buttons are placed on the accountability board to record who has reported in.

 

 

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After a PAR is complete, the buttons are removed for the next PAR report.

 

 

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9.

USING THE ACCOUNTABILTY SYSTEM:

 

 

9.1

The pages in Appendix ‘B’ demonstrate the use of the system on a process unit fire at a plant.

 

 

9.2

The actual situation is listed on the “clipboard” on the left half under the heading of “Event Description”.

 

 

Note:

Although the event itself is relatively small, it does incorporate all the elements of the system. In a larger event, any additional apparatus passports would be added to the board in the same manner as the ones shown. If the number of passports exceeds the space of one board, a second board, perhaps from one of the responding companies may be used.

Step - By - Step Example

APPENDIX

TITLE

PAGE

 

 

 

 

 

A

Accountability Board Sample - Figure 4.1

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Page

09

B

Initial Industrial Response - Figure 9.1

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Page

10

 

Sarnia Fire/Rescue Assistance - Figure 9.2

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Page

11

 

Change-out Of Responders - Figure 9.3

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Page

12

 

Downsizing Equipment & Manpower - Figure 9.4

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Page

13

 

All Clear - Figure 9.5

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Page