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Control measure

Specialist advice: Biosecurity

Control measure knowledge

During exotic animal disease outbreaks a governmental department will lead the response and issue appropriate guidance to emergency responders with the aim of:

  • Eradicating the outbreak
  • Protecting the health and safety of the public and those involved in controlling the outbreak
  • Minimising the burden on the taxpayer and the economic impact of the outbreak
  • Minimising the number of animals that must be humanely destroyed

The control measures required to minimise the effects of emergency responders on the eradication of the disease will depend on the type of outbreak and how it spreads. National and local contingency arrangements and emergency plans are available for identified risks. Fire and rescue services should consider them during development of business continuity plans and develop emergency response plans with emergency planning groups.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Work with environmental agencies, government departments and emergency planning groups to Implement emergency procedures as appropriate during exotic animal disease outbreaks

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Follow specialist advice from appropriate agencies during exotic animal disease outbreaks