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This 'context guidance' has been developed to assist fire and rescue services in identifying hazards and implementing control measures at operational incidents where transport networks or modes of transport need to be managed or controlled.

Consideration should be given to the level of disruption that can occur within transport networks; the closure of transport networks, during or after incidents, has a far-reaching effect on local and wider communities. In addition to the disruption caused, prolonged closures may have a detrimental effect on the:

  • Local or national economy
  • Environment
  • Local or national society

Because of the nature of transport networks, fire and rescue services may require assistance from neighbouring services, other agencies or specialists from the transport industry. If a consistent approach is used, it will support intraoperability and interoperability which help to provide an effective response.

Pressure may be applied by the network operator for transport networks to be reopened quickly. However, the priority for all agencies and organisations should be to maintain the safety of the public, property and environment.

This guidance does not deal with fire and rescue service operations such as fires and firefighting, performing rescues or hazardous materials; other National Operational Guidance deals with those activities.

Scope of guidance

This context guidance includes:

  • Working on or near:
    • Aerodromes
    • Rail networks (including tramlines)
    • Road networks
    • Waterways
  • Incidents involving modes of transport including:
    • Aircraft
    • Rail vehicles (including trams)
    • Road vehicles
    • Vessels

Post incident

In addition to the guidance found in Operations: Operational learning, multi-agency reviews and exercises should be carried out following major transport incidents. This should help to ensure that the network operator and the emergency services have operational procedures, processes and contingency plans that are fit for purpose. Effective interoperability enhances the responses from the emergency services to manage incidents, and can lead to better outcomes for those affected and a swifter recovery to transport networks.