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Control measure

Provide and maintain appropriate vehicles

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue authorities need to plan for, provide and maintain appropriate vehicles and their associated equipment, for attending the anticipated range of operational incidents.

The Health and Safety Executive’s publication, Providing and using work equipment safely - a brief guide, provides an outline of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and describes what an employer may need to do to protect employees in the workplace.

Further information may be found at:

There are also British Standards publications that relate to fire and rescue service vehicles:

  • BS EN 1846-1:2011 Firefighting and rescue service vehicles. Nomenclature and designation
  • BS EN 1846-2:2009+A1:2013 Firefighting and rescue service vehicles. Common requirements. Safety and performance
  • BS EN 1846-3:2013 Firefighting and rescue service vehicles. Permanently installed equipment. Safety and performance

Drivers should be aware of the potential distraction of the technology on-board vehicles, either fitted as standard or retrofitted to provide access to fire and rescue service information. This may include:

  • Mobile phones
  • Cab lighting systems
  • Radios
  • Computers, such as mobile data terminals (MDTs)
  • Satellite navigation systems (satnavs)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure personally owned vehicles used in connection with fire and rescue service work conform to the appropriate legislation, regulations and standards - OPS

  • Ensure any fitting or retrofitting of equipment is subject to a risk assessment based on appropriate legislation, regulations and standards

  • Consider the potential effect of driver distraction from on-board technology

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure personally owned vehicles used in connection with fire and rescue service work conform to the appropriate legislation, regulations and standards

  • Use vehicles that are appropriate for the incident, in line with fire and rescue service policy

  • Ensure vehicle checks and maintenance are carried out in line with fire and rescue service policy

  • Be aware of the potential distraction caused by the use of on-board technology