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Control measure

Consider making a forcible entry: Fires in buildings under construction or demolition

Control measure knowledge

If security features such as boarding or security screens are fitted and there is no on-site security, a forcible entry into an unoccupied or derelict building may be required. Information about making a forcible entry can be found in the National Operational Guidance: Fires and firefighting.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop tactical guidance and support and mitigation arrangements for forcible entry by service personnel into areas and buildings
  • Develop processes for letting absent occupiers, owners and responsible persons know that forcible entry has been made.
  • Provide crews with information, instruction and training in effective methods of making forcible entry
  • Make arrangements for securing property where forcible entry has been made

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Gain access to premises, causing minimal damage while having regard to the urgency of the situation