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Control measure

Consider requesting military aid

Control measure knowledge

Military aid may be available to support specific tasks in a wildfire incident. It is also possible that the incident may be adjacent to, or on property owned by, the Ministry of Defence.

Military assistance can be requested through Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) in response to a wide range of contingencies and emergencies, including a natural disaster, network failure or disruption or criminal activity. The provision of MACA is guided by three criteria:

  • Military aid should always be the last resort. The use of mutual aid, other agencies, and the private sector must be otherwise considered as insufficient or be unsuitable.
  • The Civil Authority lacks the required level of capability to fulfil the task and it is unreasonable or prohibitively expensive to expect it to develop one.
  • The Civil Authority has a capability, the need to act is urgent and it lacks readily available resources.

Refer to Operations in the UK: The Defence Contribution to Resilience for further information about MACA and requesting military aid.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have arrangements in place for requesting military aid
  • Ensure all requests for military aid through MACA are made through the established channels outlined in Operations in the UK: The Defence Contribution to Resilience

  • When making requests for military aid, fire and rescue services should:

    • Identify the desired effect or outcome rather than make requests for specific units or equipment; for example, fire and rescue services should not ask for tracked vehicles to move equipment, but should instead request assistance to move equipment over rough terrain

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider requesting the deployment of military aid if appropriate