Glossary

Printer-friendly versionSend by email
ACO
Assistant Chief Officer
ACFO
Assistant Chief Fire Officer
ADO
Assistant District Officer
Aerial Ladder Platform
a special appliance that has the capability of reaching floors in buildings which are higher than the ladders carried on 'fire engines' can reach. Used either to provide a high platform from which firefighters can fight a fire, or to enable firefighters to gain access to high places. Normally crewed by two firefighters.
Appliance
Fire engines are now called fire appliances
Brigade Order
Brigade Orders are the policies and procedures which determine how Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service operates.
BSi
British Standards Institution
Bulk Water Carrier
a special appliance, that looks just like a milk tanker (except its red!), that is capable of carrying 7000 litres of water to where it is needed. Normally crewed by two firefighters.
CFO
Chief Fire Officer
CFOA
Chief Fire Officer's Association
CFS
Community Fire Safety
Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA)
Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) is a tool for improvement developed by the Audit Commission. It assesses how well fire and rescue authorities and the local bodies responsible for the fire service are modernising and delivering services for local people and communities.
DCFO
Deputy Chief Fire Officer
DCLG
Department for Communities and Local Government
DO
District Officer
Environmental Unit
a special appliance that is staffed by firefighters, but is paid for by the Environment Agency. It carries equipment that is capable of preventing the spread of, and clearing up after, chemical spillages. It also carries various pumps that are suitable for assisting at incidents involving flooded premises. Normally crewed by two firefighters, but also requires a supporting fire engine to go with it.
False Alarm
Firefighter
the term used to describe operational personnel employed to carryout fire fighting duties
Foam Pod
a special appliance that carries all of the equipment and foam concentrate required to produce large amounts of foam. It is used to deal with large fires, where the use of water would be ineffective or unsafe eg aircraft fires, petrol spillages etc. Normally crewed by two firefighters, but also requires a supporting fire engine to go with it.
GIU
Geographical Intelligence Unit
GPS
Global Positioning System
A system of satellites, computers, and receivers that is able to determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by calculating the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver.
HGV
Heavy Goods Vehicle
Heavy Pumping Unit
a special appliance used to pump water over long distances. Capable of pumping up to 8000lpm over 3 km. Normally crewed by two firefighters, but also requires a supporting fire engine to go with it.
Incident Command Vehicle
a special appliance, driven to incidents by the specialist Incident Command officers, providing command and control facilities at small and medium sized incidents. Normally crewed by one officer.
IPDS
Integrated Personal Development Scheme
IRMP
Integrated Risk Management Plan
ISO9001
the world's most successful standard addressing best practice in the application of quality management systems (QMS). A QMS incorporates those elements of an organisations management system that direct and control it with regard to quality.
L4P (Landrover)
a special appliance, consisting of four-wheel drive vehicle (on a Landover chassis) with a small pump in the rear that is capable of pumping 225lpm through a fitted hose reel. Normally crewed by two firefighters.
LGV
Long Goods Vehicle
Light Pumping Unit
a special appliance used to pump water over long distances. Capable of pumping up to 3000lpm over 1.5 km. Normally crewed by two firefighters, but also requires a supporting fire engine to go with it.
lpm
Litres per minute
OFSTED
Office for Standards in Education
OPSI
Office of Public Sector Information
Pinzgauer
a special appliance, consisting of a pump and some of the equipment normally found on a fire engine, but on a chassis that enables it to go off road. Has a tank that holds 900 litres of water, and is capable of pumping 560lpm. Normally crewed by two firefighters.
Ranger
a pick-up type support vehicle used to transport additional firefighting personnel and equipment to incidents when required.
Retained
Retained stations are not permanently staffed, but the appliances on these stations are able to be mobilised within five minutes of a call. They are staffed by firefighters working on the retained duty system. They typically have full time jobs outside of the fire and rescue service and respond from either work or home to their fire station when an emergency call is received. There are twenty retained stations in Shropshire. Two of the wholetime stations, Shrewsbury and Wellington, also have retained personnel on them.
Rescue Pump
a fire engine, the same as the Water Tender Ladder, with additional equipment for rescuing persons from road traffic accidents. Also has a tank that holds 1800 litres of water, and is capable of pumping between 2250 and 2700lpm. These appliances are normally crewed by 4 to 6 firefighters.
Rescue Tender
a special appliance, not capable of pumping water, which carries heavy duty equipment used to rescue people from road, rail and aeroplane accidents etc. Normally crewed by two firefighters.
RMB
Regional Management Board
RTC
Road Traffic Collision
SFRS
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
SLA
Service Level Agreement
Special appliance
a fire service vehicle that is not a 'normal' fire engine.
SWFA
Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority
UKAS
United Kingdom Accreditation Services
Water Rescue Unit
a special appliance consisting of a rigid inflatable boat with outboard motor, mounted on a trailer and towed to incidents by a four wheel drive vehicle. Used to rescue people and animals from water in the county. Normally crewed by three firefighters who are fully trained Water Rescue operatives.
Water Tender Ladder
a fire engine which has a pump and all of the equipment normally needed to fight fires and rescue people. Has a tank that holds 1800 litres of water, and is capable of pumping between 2250 and 2700lpm. These appliances are normally crewed by 4 to 6 firefighters.
Wholetime
Wholetime stations are permanently staffed by firefighters who are able to mobilise to any emergency within one minute of a call. Each station has four watches that provide all year round cover. The three wholetime stations in Shropshire are Shrewsbury, Wellington and Telford Central.
WMRMB
West Midlands Regional Management Board