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Control measure

Liaise with responsible person: Underground structures

Control measure knowledge

Many aspects of underground structure construction are likely to fall outside the scope of fire and rescue service personnel knowledge and skills. It is the responsibility of experts to ensure that proposals meet statutory duties, legal requirements and standards set out for construction operations, and that services required to support a fire and rescue service intervention are put in place.

In the event of an incident, the fire and rescue service should seek expert advice from:

  • The contractor
  • The appropriate regulator
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Regulatory bodies, such as the Office of Road and Rail

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop arrangements and procedures for dealing with underground structure incidents with identified sources of expert advice or assistance
  • Maintain the details of any expert adviser for underground structure incidents and know how to request their attendance

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request expert advice or assistance based on the extent and urgency of the underground structure incident

  • Ensure fire and rescue personnel work in accordance with agreed procedures that comply with contractor arrangements
  • Liaise and work with on-site staff or the contractor's specialist teams where they are available