Control measure knowledge

At the conclusion of an incident appliances and equipment should be returned to operational readiness with appropriate speed. Operational equipment should be inspected and tested according to service policy and any test results must be recorded. Cleaning of equipment should be completed and the appliance should be fully restowed. Where appropriate, any defective equipment should be clearly marked and, where necessary, removed from use.

Any equipment defects or deficiencies should be recorded, before leaving the incident ground and, where appropriate, fire control should be informed. The appliance commander is responsible for all crew members and equipment stowed on their appliance.

See Fire and Rescue Authorities, Health, safety and welfare framework for the operational environment Section 5, Formulating Health and Safety Policy for the Operational Environment, sub section 5.1, paragraph 3, Arrangement for procuring and maintaining operational equipment / plant Page 12-13.)

(Fire Service Manual, Volume 1, Fire Service Technology, Equipment and Media, Inspection and Testing of Equipment, Chapter 3: Inspection, Testing and Maintenance, sub section 3.4 - 3.17.2)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have procedures for the post incident inspection and maintenance of operational appliances, equipment and other resources

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure equipment receives appropriate after use inspection and testing before changing availability status
  • Conduct an inventory check and ensure equipment receives appropriate after use inspection and testing

  • Consider decontamination of personnel, PPE and equipment prior to redeployment

  • Consider the condition and serviceability of PPE when assessing operational readiness for redeployment