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Control measure
Identify appropriate organisations that could provide assistance and develop an effective multi-agency response

Control measure knowledge

Identifying organisations that can competently support the fire and rescue service in planning for, and responding to, wildfires is a key consideration. Knowledge and understanding in working collaboratively should be developed to improve interoperability and the safety of all personnel attending wildfire incidents.

Organisations that may be able to provide assistance at wildfire incidents and/or with pre-planning for wildfire incidents include:

  • Landowners and land managers - have a responsibility for the management of livestock and may be able to provide local knowledge, equipment, vehicles and communications support
  • Multi-agency groups that address wildfires - for collaborative support with resources and advice
  • Mountain rescue and search and rescue teams - for local knowledge, transport over terrain, communications and medical support
  • Local authority emergency planning officers - for evacuation, creation of rest and reception centres and traffic management
  • Environmental agencies, national park authorities and other organisations responsible for protecting natural resources, nature and landscapes - for specialist knowledge and advice regarding environmental protection, designated and sensitive sites and access to mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Utility companies - for water supplies and locations of wind turbines, power lines and pipelines
  • Forestry organisations - for local knowledge, equipment and vehicles and specialist knowledge concerning woodland and removal of trees
  • Agricultural contractors - for equipment and vehicles
  • Other fire and rescue services - for regional or national support, and National Resilience assets including high volume pumps (HVPs)
  • Military - for transportation of personnel and equipment
  • Police - for traffic control, evacuation and aerial reconnaissance
  • Ambulance service - for treatment of casualties
  • Transportation providers - if roads, railways or airspace may be affected and to provide aircraft for firefighting operations
  • Media - for providing warnings and information to the public

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop strategic pre-planning for wildfire incidents
  • Consider including shared cross-border wildfire risks in risk management plans
  • Identify and review the competencies of partner agencies and other organisations from a safety management perspective
  • Consider developing service level agreements or memoranda of understanding that define the level and type of support that may be requested and provided; these may consider existing arrangements, such as those with the police for search capability
  • Be aware of, or participate in, the regional and national development of multi-agency working guidance
  • Consider developing multi-agency groups to address wildfires; these groups can improve multi-agency working through sharing information and resources between fire and rescue services and other organisations

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider which organisations may be able to provide support
  • Be aware of memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that exist

  • Deploy personnel to accompany representatives of other agencies on the incident ground