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Control measure

Consider the occupation status of the building

Control measure knowledge

Buildings undergoing building work may be occupied or part-occupied, and this may not be immediately obvious to attending fire and rescue service personnel. Building escape routes may become compromised by building materials or equipment being stored inappropriately. Access and egress routes should be established with the help of the responsible person (or appointed competent person).

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Engage with building owners and contractors to confirm whether the building is occupied, and to carry out familiarisation visits and pre-planning
  • Ensure that building regulations applications are communicated to appropriate personnel
  • Record details and nature of occupancy and ensure they are made available to responding fire and rescue service personnel

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify any life risk within the building
  • Identify escape routes for use by occupants
  • Consider roll call status with the responsible (or appointed competent person)
  • Consider the need to perform rescues - refer to the hazard of 'Lack of co-ordinated search plan (generic)' in National Operational Guidance: Performing rescues