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Control measure

Responsible person: Waterways incidents

Control measure knowledge

A responsible person may be nominated by the relevant agency or authority and should have the required competence and knowledge to provide timely and accurate information to emergency responders about the hazards and risks of waterways incidents.

Identifying the responsible person may provide the incident commander with access to a range of advice and assistance to support the development of a safe and effective tactical plan. The responsible person may vary depending on the type and context of the incident.

For waterways incidents the responsible person could be:

  • A representative of the port or harbour authorities
  • The port or harbour master
  • The owner or captain of a vessel
  • A marine tactical adviser (MTA)
  • A stability officer
  • A member of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Identify and establish arrangements with responsible persons who can provide advice and assistance for waterway incidents

  • Maintain the details of responsible persons, tactical advisers or specialists for waterway incidents, and know how to request their attendance

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Liaise with the responsible person to obtain advice and assistance for dealing with a waterway incident

  • Consider requesting advice or assistance from tactical advisers or specialists when dealing with a waterway incident