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Control measure

Specialist advice: Industry

Control measure knowledge

It is unlikely personnel will have an in-depth knowledge of all types of industry they could encounter. To deal with an incident safely and effectively, it may be necessary to seek specialist advice from the responsible person or their representative or on-site staff, about the site and any process in operation. If no site representative is available, their attendance should be requested as soon as possible.

To make a judgment on the effective deployment of resources, fire and rescue services should be aware of the capabilities of the resources at the scene, specialist knowledge available and specialist equipment on-site and off-site.

Other sources of specialist advice include tactical advisers (TacAds), subject matter experts (SMEs) or other external agencies.

The extent and urgency of specialist advice or assistance required will be dictated by the size, complexity and type of the incident.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop arrangements and protocols with identified responsible persons and other sources of specialist advice or assistance
  • Maintain details of tactical advisers (TacAds), subject matter experts (SMEs) or other external agencies for specific industries and know how to request their attendance

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request specialist advice or assistance based on the extent and urgency of the incident