Standard Operating Procedure
The purpose of this document is to serve as the main point of reference for all Heavy Wrecker (HW) standard operating procedures (SOP). Questions or concerns that extend past the scope of this SOP may be referred to the immediate supervisors. Heavy Wrecker training is to certify employees with the knowledge and use of our Heavy Wrecker/Rotator apparatus and its features in order to deal with vehicle related incidents or technical rescue incidents requiring lifting and moving of heavy objects
Deviations from the instructions in this document while operating in an official capacity could lead to severe disciplinary action at the discretion of leadership and in extreme cases can lead to criminal charges or investigation by city officials
All San Andreas Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures, unless superseded by a specific part of this plan, remain in effect for Hazardous Materials incidents
Ability to lift and move vehicles of varying sizes
Ability to lift and move Semi Trucks. Hook up from the rear of the vehicle
Ability lift and move trailers like a Semi truck. Hook up from the rear of the trailer
Heavy duty Tow Crane arm and Boom 60 degrees upwards and downwards movement
-Heavy Wrecker Expectations
HW technicians are expected to stay up to date on any new information that relates to towing or moving vehicles
HW technicians are to have expert knowledge of Heavy Wrecker vehicle operations and its features as to not cause damage to property/vehicles
HW technicians will only move vehicles out of the roadway or to pre-determined "SAFD tow yards"
SAFD Tow Yard Locations
Upper Level of Impound Lot near SAFR firehouse
- Heavy Wrecker Activation
HW can be used by HW certified personnel (Specialist+) for appropriate technical rescue applications
In order for HW to be activated it must be authorized by the highest rank on duty (Lieutenant+)
HW serves a main purpose of lifting and moving vehicles
Heavy duty Tow Crane arm and Boom 60 degrees upwards and downwards movement with num pad 8 & 5 keys.
360 degrees rotation with mouse for the crane base. To avoid mouse rotation press tab or use mouse wheel while in driver's. seat weapon change will cause it to stop moving.
Crane arm works just like a deck gun/water turret on the engine when equipped. But you can also control up and down crane arm movements with num keys additionally.
Open rear left door from door menu to extend the crane arm (boom extension) it will slide backward to its full capacity. (sometimes it can glitch you need to fix vehicle if that happens)
Open boot for vehicle tow hitch (support at rear)
Hold "H" key for 2 seconds for support legs to roll out or roll back in (animation).
Press "H" once to release hook from a vehicle
Hook only attaches to front or rear bumpers of cars or trucks.
Move the rotator or the crane arm very slowly with mouse or keyboard keys so that the tow hitch (hook) doesn't break when car is moved or shaken too fast. (just like real life)
Don't raise the crane arm too high with num key pad if its not necessary
-Heavy Wrecker Technician Selection
Rank: Specialist +
Approval from Command Staff
Approval from Heavy Wrecker Lead
Trainee is responsible for coordinating training time through the Lead
Lead is responsible for tracking overall progress and training hours per the SOP
Once training program minimums have been met, Lead will present candidate to Fire Chief for approval
Candidate shall operate in this capacity until Discord role is granted by the Chief