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Introduction

National Operational Guidance is separated into three main operational activity categories: fires and firefighting, performing rescues and hazardous materials. All of these activities take place in certain contexts, such as on roadways for example. There are hazards that will apply to all activities but that are specific to the context in which the incident occurs.

This section of National Operational Guidance sets out the high level knowledge, hazards and actions that should be considered for incidents occurring in the context of transport. This context is possibly the most common area in which fire and rescue operations can take place and includes road, rail, water and air transport, including networks.

Fire and rescue services can attend numerous incidents, involving a variety of transport types, where the danger to operational crews and the public involved is significant. The objective of this guidance is to promote and develop good practice and support the development of safe systems of work that minimise the dangers within the transport networks that fire and rescue services may face.

This guidance specifically deals with the hazards present at transport incidents, providing a number of potential control measures and links to other National Operational Guidance; fire and rescue services can build on these according to their local risk assessment. This guidance may consider further information that the reader should bear in mind when reviewing the hazard and control statement and the resulting guidance.

The guidance should be read in conjunction with other pieces of National Operational Guidance already published.

When any reference to working with other agencies is indicated in this guidance the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine should be applied.