Ineffective Safety Management
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
Personnel may attend incidents in adverse and dangerous environments, with significant hazards. 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 the safety of personnel and carrying out the emergency role of the fire and rescue service.
Fire and rescue authorities must plan for health and safety in the operational environment, in order to fulfil their legislative and regulatory duties. This includes applying safe person principles and best practice risk assessment methodologies.
The firefighter safety maxim, which also appears in Incident command: Knowledge, skills and competence, 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.’
All personnel should be made aware of the maxim, which acknowledges that firefighters operate in hazardous environments.