Control measure knowledge

To make safe decisions about the speed, the route and the location to attend, drivers should be provided with accurate and timely information about the incident. Any safety concerns experienced (traffic conditions/blocked roads etc.) by attending appliances and crews should be communicated to fire control so that further attending resources are able to make a safe approach.

Incident commanders should consider the safe route for attending appliances and the availability of holding areas. This information should be communicated to fire control so that attending resources are able to make a safe approach. The potential for incident spread or a change of wind direction should be taken into account when identifying suitable holding areas and approach routes.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure appropriate mobilising. Consider dynamic mobilising to make sure that no resources are mobilised unnecessarily. See: Failure to handle emergency calls and mobilise resources in a timely manner
  • Ensure appropriate arrangements are in place to ensure that personnel are provided with relevant and accurate information about the type of incident they are attending so they can make an accurate appraisal of the hazards en route to and on attendance at the incident

  • Have effective arrangements in place to allow all appliances and vehicles to be positioned on the incident ground in a way that optimises their safe use and minimises risk. These measures include protection and visibility on roadways

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Approach the vicinity of the incident cautiously and at slow speed

  • Consider using weather information from Met Office systems to establish the least hazardous routes to an incident

  • Identify best access route, rendezvous point (RVP) and marshalling area and communicate to all responders

  • Inform fire control of any issues relating to access, rendezvous points and marshalling areas
  • Consider the impact of the transport infrastructure on safe access and egress routes

  • Identify width, condition, gradient and suitability of roads, tracks and bridges for vehicles

  • Consider the potential effects of incident development when positioning appliances
  • Make a dynamic risk assessment of the incident development when positioning appliances