Safety Manual and Information

To ensure everyone can have a safe, enjoyable experience during any Chapter-hosted or sanctioned events, we publish, adhere to and enforce the safety rules outlined in the California Chapter Safety Manual.

For ease of viewing, you can also review the safety topics below -- but please note these are a quick-reference only -- they are NOT intended to replace a review and understanding of the applicable participant handouts.

General Safety Items

YOU have primary responsibility for the safety of your vehicle, and have proper knowledge and experience in its operations, including all of the manufacturer's safety requirements. Guides walking along the apparatus are to be used to clear right-of-way, alert apparatus driver of obstacles, and guide to parking. No apparatus may be backed without assistance of a Guide, who is NOT on the apparatus. Apparatus drivers must be of legal age for the state or province, and possess a valid driver license [and needed endorsements/certificates as locally required]. Brakes must be set, wheels chocked FORE and AFT with a suitable chock. Apparatus shall be continuously attended by an adult capable of operating the apparatus while pump/aerial is in use.

No pump shall operate at greater than 70 PSI (as read at the Discharge Gauge, not the nozzle), unless authorized by a Safety Officer. Unless approved by a Safety Officer, handlines shall not be used; this does not apply to booster lines, which may be hand held. Master streams shall be property secured to prevent accidental movement. Hoses must be in good condition, without leaks, and couplings must be used with proper thread.

No aerial may be raised until the Safety Officer inspects the aerial condition. Aerials are not to be raised within 30 feet of overhead power lines. ALL stabilizers must be used and placed on stable ground, using suitable ground pads, and property set and locked per the manufacturer's specifications. TDA/Tillered aerials should be jack-knifed per the manufacturer's specifications. No aerials may be raised if winds are over 15 MPH, and lowered if winds reach or exceed 15 MPH (or if there is poential for lightning storms). Water pipes may not be used above the bed section, be limited to one hose line, not exceed 50% of its rated capacity, and include a shut-off at the base of the ladder. No person shall climb the aerial EXCEPT the owner, or the official event photographer (and both shall use a safety belt).

Other Safety Items

The Safety Officers and/or Safety Committee members shall wear identification (i.e. orange safety vests) to make them easily recognizable at events. An adequate number of Safety Officers must be present in consideration for the number of participants, apparatus and venue size. The Safety Committee and its Safety Officer shall have the final judgment as to whether or not to permit any activity at the muster and to order a stop to such actions as may reasonable prevent dangerous situation.

Each apparatus owner SHALL be required to sign a registration form listing vehicle liability insurance and an acknowledgement of receipt of Safety handouts. Apparatus should display the apparatus owner and an on-site contact number in the event the owner must be contacted (i.e. if the vehicle is leaking fuel).

Every apparatus must carry a pair of wheel chocks appropriate to the size of the tires, to be placed upon parking the vehicle. Every apparatus must have an available fire extinguisher rated at least 10BC, to be verified at check-in. (Local requirements may place additional requirements, which then also apply, and typically will be noted in the newsletter and/or event flyers.)