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Control measure

Control explosive materials not involved in fire

Control measure knowledge

As soon as responders have recognised that explosive materials are present at an incident but not involved in fire, they can apply tactics to control them. Depending on their properties, the explosive materials may become unstable, such as through exposure to:

  • Fire, heat or ignition sources
  • Water ingress
  • Shock or pressure

Reducing or eliminating exposure will be a priority to control the explosive materials.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have operational procedures for safely managing explosive materials not involved in fire

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Prevent any fire, heat or other energy source/stimuli from affecting the explosive material

  • Protect explosives not involved in fire using firefighting media where appropriate and safe to do so

  • Assess if an immediate life risk due to explosion is likely

  • Assess proximity of explosive materials to neighbouring habitable properties

  • Protect explosives not involved in fire using firefighting media where appropriate and safe to do so (for example, using branch holders and ground monitors)

  • Consider ways to safely move explosive materials not involved in fire

  • Ensure protection from the effect of explosion is available when undertaking firefighting operations

  • Consider whether action already taken to control explosive materials is adequate/appropriate

  • Consider boundary cooling/protection for explosives at marine incidents