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Control measure

Emergency response plans: Wildfires

Control measure knowledge

Wildfire fire plans (sometimes referred to as wildfire response plans) can help to improve the safety and effectiveness of the response should a wildfire occur.

Wildfire fire plans should be prepared before an incident and include a range of important information such as:

General information

  • Contact names and details for land owners and/or land managers
  • Contact names and details for neighbouring land owners
  • Communication methods and procedures
  • Rendezvous points (RVPs)
  • Significant hazards
  • Access points and access, egress and escape routes for personnel
  • Equipment available
  • Building and site plans
  • Location and type of animals (refer to the hazard 'Presence of animals' for further information)
  • Location and type of any hazardous materials (refer to National Operational Guidance: Hazardous materials for further information)
  • Stock maps and plans (for woodland)
  • Designated or sensitive sites (refer to the hazard 'Environmental impact of wildfires' for further information)
  • Specialist resources
  • Maps of the area
  • Digital photography of the area

Information on the provision of water

  • Water supplies on site
  • Any pre-planned arrangements to provide additional water supplies to the site
  • Plans for potential deployment of high volume pumps (HVPs)
  • Areas of hard standing that may be suitable for parking HVPs and for temporary dams

Information on vehicle movement and parking

  • Access, egress and escape routes for vehicles
  • Any narrow access or egress routes that that may require vehicle marshalling and/or one-way systems
  • Any limitations to the types of vehicles that may be able to use specific access, egress or escape routes
  • RVPs and suitable holding or parking areas for vehicles
  • Turning and passing areas for vehicles
  • Areas of hard standing that may be suitable for vehicles
  • Road and bridge weight limits and surface hazards

Information on utilities

  • Location of overhead power lines
  • Location of gas or oil pipelines

Information related to aircraft

  • Helicopter authorisation details
  • Pre-planning for using aircraft
  • Potential impact of a wildfire and/or firefighting operations on aircraft and airports

Information on military training areas and shooting ranges/areas

  • Location of areas containing unexploded ordnance
  • Location of shooting ranges/areas (both civilian and military)
  • Potential impact of a wildfire and/or firefighting operations

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Identify relevant wildfire sites and their risks, and prioritise them according to the level of risk
  • Gather information for inclusion in the wildfire fire plans
  • Carry out familiarisation visits to identified sites
  • Record and capture the information gathered from familiarisation visits and other sources
  • Establish a delivery method to present the information in a clear and timely manner
  • Schedule reviews and audits for the validity and accuracy of wildfire fire plans
  • Consider organising joint training to test the use of wildfire fire plans, involving other organisations as appropriate

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Access any memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that exist for wildfire incidents

  • Refer to wildfire fire plans during an incident, if they are available