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Control measure

Joint working at animal facilities

Control measure knowledge

Where the facilities contain dangerous animals, personnel should liaise with on-site staff to determine locations with potential hazards and to identify safe access and egress routes. Personnel should be accompanied by on-site staff and there should not be any lone working.

Personnel should remain vigilant, especially regarding security arrangements in animal facilities, to prevent themselves from being accidently locked in cages or other areas. On-site CCTV may be used to monitor and assess any activity that could impact on fire and rescue service personnel.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Establish joint working arrangements with animal facilities in their area

  • Provide operational personnel with information to assist with familiarisation 

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Liaise with the responsible person for the animal facility

  • Refer to joint working arrangements for the animal facility

  • Ensure personnel are accompanied by on-site staff for the animal facility

  • Ensure there is no lone working in animal facilities 

  • Consider using CCTV, if available, to monitor the location and behaviour of animals

  • Monitor and assess activity in the animal facility that could affect personnel

  • Consider contingency arrangements that could be implemented quickly if personnel become isolated in unsafe areas of the animal facility