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This guidance is for incidents where fire and rescue service personnel need to search for people, rescue casualties or provide casualty care. Additionally, it includes evacuation functions where personnel directly assist with the evacuation of people or lead them to a place of relative safety.

Local arrangements, such as memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and mutual aid arrangements with neighbouring fire and rescue services and other organisations, should consider the benefits of co-operation and communication between emergency responders involved. This should include the handover of casualties at the scene of the incident to the appropriate organisation or responsible person.