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Control measure


Control measure knowledge

Adopting appropriate welfare arrangements at operational incidents will assist with the safe and effective management of personnel and provide them with welfare support, whether physical or psychological. By having effective arrangements for the management of welfare and physical wellbeing at incidents, fire and rescue services will support several key elements of the safe person principles.

Consideration should be given to work rotation, rest, recovery and reliefs taking account of activities undertaken and weather conditions. At protracted incidents provision should be made for suitable sanitary conveniences and hygiene facilities; an adequate supply of drinking water should be provided for all personnel.

Refer to:

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make suitable arrangements to provide welfare for personnel at protracted operational incidents including shelter, drinking water, hygiene and sanitary conveniences.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the effects of geography on equipment logistics, casualties and the welfare of personnel

  • Consider the effect of weather conditions and time of day on the welfare of personnel

  • Provide first aid equipment for personnel deployed to areas where there is no immediate medical assistance available

  • Consider requesting appropriate facilities for the welfare of personnel