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Operational pre-planning

Fire and rescue services are required to identify risks and collect information indicating where there may be hazards to personnel. This may include information gained under fire and rescue service legislation, industrial on-site plans and risk-based geographical information. Information collected may be used for developing plans and for briefing BA wearers.

Information gathered during pre-planning should identify locations that may require additional control measures and therefore enhanced operational resources, such as guidelines, extended duration BA, airline equipment or thermal imaging cameras. The strategic siting and arrangements for mobilising suitable resources to implement these additional control measures should also be identified during this process.

To ensure the safety and effectiveness of communications with BA teams, local planning arrangements should identify where there may be limited penetration of radio signals into buildings and into structures below ground. Steps may be taken at this preplanning stage to enhance the effectiveness of radio communications and telemetry within structures.