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Control measure
Multi-agency working: Hazardous materials

Control measure knowledge

Due to the complexity of hazardous materials incidents it is essential that the incident commander works with all appropriate agencies when attempting to control and contain hazardous material releases. The joint understanding of risk (JUR) is a key component in achieving a safe multi-agency response to deliver a safe resolution to the incident. The specialist knowledge and equipment which the fire and rescue service can provide at hazardous material incidents allows them to inform and advise other multi-agency partners on the significance of any risks, including the extent of cordons and advice to the public.

For further information see The Joint Emergency Services Interoperability (JESIP) Principles for joint working

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that call handlers and responders receive suitable and sufficient information and instruction to enable them to apply the Joint Decision Model (JDM) in a hazardous material environment to develop a multi-agency joint understanding of risk (JUR)

  • Participate in multi-agency CBRN(e) training events and programmes

  • Incorporate their multi-agency partners priorities into their own response plans to CBRN(e) and public decontamination

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Share situational awareness and establish a joint understanding of risk with other agencies

  • Consider joint working in hazard areas based on joint understanding of risk