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Control measure

Consider the environmental impact of firefighting

Control measure knowledge

The environmental impacts of firefighting activity, including the impact of firefighting media, are included in National Operational Guidance: Environmental protection and the Foundation for environmental protection

For wildfires, indirect impacts should be considered, such as control line construction that may cause erosion during later high rainfall.

Pre-planning with neighbouring fire and rescue services, landowners and land managers should help to identify any potential hazards and to develop an agreement on the best fire suppression strategy, tactics, operations and appropriate control measures that may be used in the event of a wildfire.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider wildfire pre-planning with land owners, land managers and multi-agency groups 

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the need for water relay or high volume pumping (HVP) equipment and tactical advisers

  • Consider using dams, pumps and refilling areas to reduce the impact environmental on soil, water and ecological assets

  • Consider using firefighting media such as hand tools or high-pressure water fogging units at sensitive sites

  • Plan indirect attacks with land owners and managers to ensure effective operations and promote recovery

  • Consider the transmission of plant or animal pests or diseases, cross contamination and biosecurity