Control measure knowledge

Incident commanders should consider whether appliances can remain at the incident ground, whilst being available for deployment to other incidents. This decision should be made following a risk assessment and service control informed of any availability status change. The crew of available appliances at incidents should be informed and deployed only in accordance with current status.

Fire control will generally have a more accurate interpretation of the availability of resources across the service than personnel attending operational incidents. Information on the availability or commitment of resources will support fire control in determining covering moves or the reallocation of resources from one incident to another.

The decision to release resources should consider operational priorities and consider the length of time crews have been deployed at the incident and their roles.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that operational procedures identify safe systems of work for the status, availability and redeployment of appliances and resources.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Regularly update fire control on the availability status of appliances and other resources

  • Consider whether appliances, personnel, equipment and other resources can be released from the incident

Fire control operators should:
  • Identify the availability of appliances, personnel, equipment and other resources when considering redeployments