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Control measure

Provide supervision: Wildfires

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue services need to have an awareness of the capacity, capability and skill set of other organisations - refer to National Operational Guidance: Operations for further information. This approach will enable incident commanders to develop an effective multi-agency response and safe system of work at wildfire incidents.

The control, coordination and supervision of other organisations' assets at a wildfire incident should be managed appropriately. Fire and rescue service personnel are trained to understand the incident command protocols. However, this may not be the same for other people, who may require a high level of supervision when operating in the inner cordon. Their actions could cause serious injury or death to fire and rescue service personnel or others. Pre-planning and exercises could help to develop guidance and agreed working practices.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider sharing policies and procedures for wildfires, as these will help to inform other organisations about the role and activities of the fire and rescue service
  • Consider developing joint policies and procedures to provide awareness and understanding of the incident command structure
  • Develop multi-agency knowledge of the roles, capabilities, knowledge, equipment and procedures of each organisation, and provide access to this information for appropriate personnel
  • Be aware of the level of support that can be provided by other organisations; for example, it may not be feasible for them to provide the same level of support throughout a protracted incident
  • Ensure that fire and rescue service personnel have an appropriate level of awareness of the vehicles or equipment that may be used by other organisations
  • Consider joint training and familiarisation exercises
  • Understand how to request support from other organisations and have processes in place for fire control rooms and incident commanders to do so
  • Consider using the expertise, including knowledge of the area, of other organisations in pre-planning and developing wildfire fire plans and Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI)
  • Develop a communications strategy that allows interoperability on the incident ground and at tactical or strategic command points

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify and use the appropriate skills, vehicles or equipment of other organisations

  • Use joint decision making and apply situational awareness methodology
  • Ensure all personnel are closely supervised when operating in the inner cordon
  • Share information about the fire and rescue service command structure and incident ground safety protocols with other organisations present
  • Agree a structure and process for communications, information gathering and/or deployment of resources from other organisations
  • Deliver clear briefings to fire and rescue service personnel and personnel from other organisations before deployment
  • Implement the LACES safety protocol and brief other organisations on what LACES is and how it will be implemented

  • Declare the activity and appropriate system of work, for example, what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for all personnel
  • Refer to specific advice or guidance, wildfire fire plans and Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI) that may involve other organisations
  • Record the activities of other organisations, including where the personnel, vehicles or equipment of other organisations have been deployed
  • Effectively use the local knowledge of other organisations to identify topographical and other hazards
  • Consider medical support requirements, especially for remote locations, including routes, skills and equipment that may be required
  • Implement effective cordon controls to assist in monitoring personnel from other organisations deployed onto the incident ground, which would support roll calls if required
  • Deploy fire and rescue service personnel to accompany personnel from other organisations on the incident ground to ensure safe systems of work and good communications

  • Exchange radios to enable personnel from the fire and rescue service and other organisations to communicate directly

  • Use communications systems used by other organisations attending

  • Brief other organisations on how the LACES safety protocols will be implemented

  • Establish sectorisation based on identifiable features and landmarks
  • Plan for the relocation of incident command based on prediction of fire behaviour and spread