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ARCHIVED - Injury or loss due to insufficient pre-planning for hazardous materials risks

Hazard Knowledge

See National Operational Guidance: Operations - Information gathering

Fire and rescue authorities must have effective arrangements for gathering risk information and making it readily available to operational crews. This is especially important at incidents involving hazardous materials because of their effect on response tactics, such as cordons, personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental protection, protection of the local community, evacuation, shelter-in-place, and so on.

Each fire and rescue service should assess the hazards and risks in its area that relate to hazardous materials. Site-specific plans should be developed where the risks are significant.

The value of multi-agency pre-planning within the remit of the Civil Contingencies Act should not be underestimated. The importance of local emergency planning groups in the planning stage adds further dimensions to existing fire and rescue service work. It enables the risks to be viewed holistically and should add value to any plan, benefitting the responders and their communities.