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Control measure
Prepare, test and exercise emergency plans

Control measure knowledge

See National Operational Guidance: Operations - Information gathering

The development of emergency response plans with specialist advisers, other agencies and operational personnel will focus the content of the plans to identify key specific objectives, identify options, provide tactics and ensure multi-agency agreement.

All plans should be tested and exercised in accordance with the enforcing authority's requirements, which should, in any case, be proportionate to the risks posed.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure they are involved in preparing, testing and exercising emergency plans in relation to any legislative requirements, such as the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations
  • Ensure a training and exercising strategy includes significant hazardous materials sites
  • Be involved with preparing, testing and exercising emergency plans for hazardous material sites and ensure these plans do not conflict
  • Ensure plans are reviewed and updated periodically and following learning events
  • Ensure an effective system is in place for sharing key information with partner agencies, in compliance with government official marking protocols.

Tactical actions

There are no tactical actions associated with this control measure.