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Control measure
Consider national guidance

Control measure knowledge

National guidance has been published by various bodies in the past ranging from 'Dear Chief Officer Letters' to Technical Bulletins. These publications do not impose a legal duty to adopt guidance, but they may be seen as best practice and a rationale for not following them would be necessary.

A partnership has been established between London Fire Brigade, the Chief Fire Officers' Association and the Local Government Association to develop national operational guidance that will, over time, supersede older guidance. This national operational guidance is designed to provide hazard and control statements that identify all hazards in a themed area and provide a suite of possible control measures and associated strategic and tactical actions.

The National Operational Guidance themes are grouped:

  • 'All incident' including Operations, Incident command and Environmental protection
  • Contexts are the operational environments in which any type of incident can occur, such as incidents on roads
  • Tier one guidance is grouped by type, such as Performing rescues, Fires and firefighting and Hazardous Materials
  • Each element of tier one guidance then has lower tier guidance such as Fires in buildings
  • Incident scenarios have been created for different types of incident. They contain the tactical information drawn from a number of pieces of guidance from across the National Operational Guidance framework aligned to the decision making model.

For the National Operational Guidance to be relevant to individual fire and rescue services, it is important that local risk levels are assessed and guidance compared with the local risk assessment.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Identify the risks in their area and produce policies and procedures that take account of National Operational Guidance

Tactical actions

There are no tactical actions associated with this control measure.