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Failure to make resources ready for redeployment or otherwise before leaving the incident ground

Hazard Knowledge

The responsibilities of the incident commanders in relation to managing operational resources, including personnel, does not end when the incident is in its 'closing stage'. All equipment used at the incident will need to be accounted for, made up and, on return to the station, either need to be replenished or be subjected to the necessary testing requirements before being made fully operational again.

Communication between the commander of appliances, crew members and control is essential throughout this phase to ensure all parties have knowledge of the operational status of appliances and crews before leaving the incident ground. Failure to communicate could result in service control incorrectly deploying the appliances and crew members to further incidents for which they are inappropriately equipped.

Effective communication is important at all incidents. Accurate information should pass between the incident commander, crews and service control. The incident commander also has a duty to make sure messages and information are passed to service control. This ensures they maintain and record an accurate picture of an incident and the availability of operational resources.