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Failing to leave the incident ground in a safe state

Hazard Knowledge

At the closure of the response phase to some operational incidents, residual hazards may exist that could cause harm to others if not properly managed. Ideally, the fire and rescue service should not leave without addressing residual hazards. However, there may be some exceptions to this, for example if there is widespread flooding that cannot be resolved.

There may be control measures implemented by the fire and rescue service to reduce risk that will need to be maintained post-incident. These could include immediate threats to safety, security of premises or environmental risks.

It is possible that hazards may not present themselves for some time after fire and rescue service activities have ceased. This could include:

  • Reignition of fires
  • Collapse of structures
  • Unstable natural environment
  • Harm to public health
  • Damage to the environment

Failing to carry out an appropriate handover to the responsible person, or leaving the incident ground prematurely, could leave behind hazards that are unmanaged or unknown. These residual hazards could result in accidents or injuries.