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Control measure

Specialist resources: Fires on board vessels

Control measure knowledge

Due to the nature of a vessel fire and the unique firefighting actions that may be required, fire and rescue services may need to request specialist advice and equipment, which can come from:

  • Marine tactical advisers requested through the Fire and Rescue Services National Co-ordination Centre (NR Fire Control)
  • Specialist teams that are available in neighbouring or nearby fire and rescue services, such as declared fire and rescue marine response (FRMR) teams
  • Specialist equipment
  • Insurers
  • Vessel owners
  • Salvage companies
  • Port or harbour authorities
  • Environmental agencies
  • Her Majesty's (HM) Coastguard

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that arrangements are in place to request and mobilise specialist resources to incidents involving fires on board vessels

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify the resources currently available to take immediate action and request those likely to be needed to deliver a full incident plan

  • Request specialist resources, considering specialist firefighting teams, fire boats, water rescue teams or tugs

  • Consider requesting advice from tactical advisers and subject matter experts (e.g. HMCG, SOSREP)

  • Establish communication with remote tactical advisers, subject matter experts and specialist resources