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Failing to make resources ready when closing an incident

Hazard Knowledge

The responsibilities of the incident commander for managing operational resources continue through the closing stages of an incident.

Resources need to be made ready for redeployment; failing to correctly do this could result in mobilisation to another incident in an inappropriate state. Before being deemed fully-operational, equipment will need to be appropriately:

  • Accounted for
  • Made-up
  • Replenished
  • Decontaminated
  • Tested

Communication between the commander of appliances, personnel and fire control room is essential throughout this phase to ensure all parties have knowledge of the operational status of appliances and personnel before leaving the incident ground. Failing to communicate this information could result in the fire control room incorrectly deploying vehicles and personnel to another incident.