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Control measure

Use detection and monitoring equipment

Control measure knowledge

Sites where landfill gas is produced, or facilities where biogas is produced, should have gas detection and monitoring equipment.

Portable gas monitoring equipment will differ throughout the fire and rescue service; using this equipment may prove valuable in controlling this hazard.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Record, and make available, Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI)
  • Obtain site information held by the relevant environmental agency

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify low lying areas where gas might pool
  • Identify buildings that might be affected by a build-up of gas
  • Liaise with the site operator to determine the type, location and function of on-site equipment
  • Use on-site and/or fire and rescue service portable gas monitoring equipment
  • Consider deploying detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) teams to assist with gas monitoring activities
  • Consider using gas monitoring equipment belonging to specialist teams such as Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) or other agencies