Automatic Aid Agreement
The department is strongly committed to automatic aid at the local level. The department has the following automatic assistance agreements: The automatic assistance agreement is equally beneficial for all agencies where each department automatically reacts, throughout the year, to emergency situations within the relevant jurisdiction. This pooling of resources helps each authority fight emergencies of all sizes and durations. It also ensures that the nearest emergency resource reacts independently of jurisdiction. Mutual assistance is help sent on request by operational firefighters. Normally, it is requested upon arrival on the premises. Mutual assistance should also be defined by a signed contractual agreement. Automatic aid is aid triggered automatically by a contractual agreement between two fire brigades, municipalities or fire districts. ISO recognizes an automatic assistance plan under the following conditions: the ministry participates in the national system of mutual aid and reacts, if necessary, to a fire truck anywhere in the state. Tips for setting up a successful automatic and mutual assistance offer With good management, automatic and reciprocal assistance programs can be very effective.
Remember that when signing an automatic help agreement, you try to compensate for some of the requirements of the service area. Once you have met your needs, no credit is given for excess devices. Participating automatic helpdesks should have a clear and accurate understanding of their needs and react accordingly. If the services do not meet with the right equipment, the specific needs are not met and no credit is granted. When automatically assisting, also make sure that 50% of your firefighting capacity stays in your service area and does not react. Generally speaking, mutual aid programmes are only recognised for water supply. All members who have assistance services should respond to fire extinguishing devices, not in private vehicles. This reduces the number of vehicles that react at the crash site, reducing traffic jams. It will also place staff in a form of business before arriving on the scene. This will help the response commander in three main areas….