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Control measure
Use national incident recording systems

Control measure knowledge

An incident recording system (IRS) is a system that enables data on all incidents attended by the fire and rescue service to be collected electronically, providing a national standard of data collection.

The IRS has modernised methods of data gathering to meet new business needs and has replaced manual data input of paper records with a fully automated electronic data capture system. IRS covers all incident types attended by the service, thus providing qualitative data for fire and rescue service planning and performance indicators.

The system will also supply the future data requirements for the fire and rescue service, improving the timeliness and accuracy of data. It may be used to underpin research and development.

Poor quality or inconsistent information will have the following impact:

  • Inaccurate performance information
  • Poor planning, risk management and decision making
  • Inaccurate performance information
  • Inaccurate information being shared with partners and stakeholders
  • Gathering high quality information from fire and rescue service attended incidents, is key to understanding and managing risks using the appropriate resources.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider using the IRS system for information on all incidents attended, using a core set of questions - leading to a greater knowledge and understanding of how the fire and rescue service operates.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Gather relevant information for the incident recording system