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Control measure

Liaise with other organisations

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue services should liaise with other organisations throughout the incident including:

  • Environmental agencies
  • Public health agencies
  • Police
  • Local authorities
  • Industry experts
  • Community leaders

This is not an exhaustive list as other organisations may be involved throughout the incident. Fires in waste sites may attract interest from the local community and, depending on the size of the incident, its location and impact on the community, they may attract attention at a national level.

Therefore, it is important that the responding fire and rescue service liaises closely with all interested parties throughout the incident. It is also important to develop a good working relationship with other organisations to develop a joined-up tactical and strategic plan to conclude the incident satisfactorily.

Refer to National Operational Guidance: Incident command for details on tactical, operational and strategic management of an incident.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Be aware of the importance of liaising with other organisations
  • Make contact with the relevant agencies at the earliest opportunity via the fire control room
  • Develop tactical plan in consultation with relevant agencies (e.g. public health, environmental agencies)

  • Document and share information given by the other organisations
  • Record tactical decisions that are made as a result of advice given by other organisations on the incident log
  • Ensure other responders receive a full safety briefing and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE)