South Portland Fire Department Standard Operating Guidelines


Listed below are our Department's Rules, Policies, and Standard Operating Guidlines.  Our SOG "book" is divided into 7 Sections.  We feel that it is important that the fire service share with and learn from other departments.  Please feel free to browse our information in order to help your department.

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The South Portland Fire Department has adopted the "Red-Yellow-Green" color coding system listed on the Firefighters Close Calls Website.

Department policies and SOG’s are coded using the red-yellow-green color coding system.  The color code is at the top right portion of the document. Examples of what would be in each category include:

  • Red – includes emergency operations, emergency vehicle operations, civilian evacuation, roadway safety, MAYDAY, SCBA, RIT and related topics.  Essentially anything that during an emergency could get a firefighter or a civilian injured or killed.
  • Yellow - these are the tasks that are done a lot (high risk and high frequency) and the ones that are high risk and low frequency but give us time to think.  Personnel policies including drug testing, sexual harassment.
  • Green - these are the tasks that create a low opportunity for any of the above areas of concerns or exposure. Examples include the uniform or grooming policy, shift scheduling, or daily station duties.

Section 1: Introduction

  • 1.100   Authority
  • 1.200   Preface
  • 1.300   Purpose
  • 1.400   Structure
  • 1.400   Standard Operating Guidelines 3/16/2015
  • 1.500   Severability
  • 1.600   Mission

Section 2: Rules and Regulations

Section 3     Job Descriptions 

Section 4     Department Memos / Notices / Orders   

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

Section 5     Policies

5.1 Administration

5.2 Personnel

5.3 Training

Section 6    Standard Operating Guidelines

 6.1 General Operations

 6.2 Fire Ground Operations

6.3 Safety

 6.4 Emergency Medical Response

6.5 Special Operations

6.6 Hazardous Materials Response

Section 7     Appendixes:

  • Fire Department Station Emergency Action Plans

                  Willard Station
                  Central Station/Administration
                  Cash Corner Station (All Buildings) 
                  Thornton Heights Station
                  Western Avenue Station