Hazard Ineffective Safety Management
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
The fire and rescue service may work in adverse and dangerous environments involving significant risks. The priorities for an incident commander are the safety of the public, people under their control and anyone affected by their actions. There is a balance that needs to be achieved between maintaining firefighter safety and carrying out the emergency role of the fire and rescue service.
The Health, Safety and welfare framework for the operational environment contains detailed strategic guidance on the planning and delivery of health and safety policies relating to operational activity. This guidance details the safe person principles and the risk assessment methodologies that would be considered best practice.
The firefighter safety maxim set out in the document The Foundation for Incident Command describes this balance and is as follows:
At every incident the greater the potential benefit of fire and rescue actions, the greater the risk that is accepted by commanders and firefighters. Activities that present a high risk to safety are limited to those that have the potential to save life or to prevent rapid and significant escalation of the incident.
This acknowledges that firefighters operate in hazardous environments.