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Control measure

Additional resources: Fires and firefighting

Control measure knowledge

Incident commanders should be aware of the type, number and disposition of emergency fire vehicles and personnel in their own and in nearby surrounding service areas, and should have a working knowledge of the responsibilities and capabilities of other blue light and non-blue light services they may call on for assistance.

All personnel should have a thorough knowledge of the capabilities of special emergency fire vehicles to ensure they select the correct type for the needs of the incident. They should also be aware of those that could be requested to help minimise the number of pumping appliances and personnel needed to deal with that particular incident. Their knowledge of the risks on their fire ground will be backed by regular visits and deployment planning, enabling them to assess the additional resources required at an incident involving fire.

Incident commanders should begin assessing the need for additional resources as soon as they are mobilised to an incident, based on the number of calls received, information received by fire control, visual indications en route and knowledge gained on visits and through pre-planning, which may give indications of what may be required.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure relevant information on the availability of service resources is made available to operational and fire control personnel

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure sufficient resources are available to maintain a sustained firefighting attack
  • Request special appliances if they can reduce the numbers of personnel and fire appliances committed to the incident
  • Consider requesting high-pressure water fogging systems if available