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Ineffective intervention strategy

Hazard Knowledge

At known underground locations many of the risks and hazards will have been identified in advance and relevant control measures should form part of the agreed intervention strategy as part of any pre-planning process. However, incident commanders will need to devise and implement additional control measures where it is evident that any assumptions made as part of an intervention strategy can no longer be relied on.

The intervention strategy will normally establish hazard control by providing fire and rescue service facilities and one or more of the following methods:

  • Activation of local or area wide automated fire/smoke ventilation and/or suppression systems, normally by the infrastructure manager, on discovery of an incident
  • Liaison with infrastructure representatives and specialist fire and rescue service advisors to identify community impact
  • Knowledge of the infrastructure evacuation strategy and information on its progress
  • Discussion with the infrastructure manager confirming the extent to which any control has been implemented; this will assist the incident commander in identifying the safe working area for operations to take place within the infrastructure
  • Use of established procedures for the type of infrastructure to establish appropriate safety measures (for example, road traffic or railway incident procedure) and to control traffic or machinery